Salicylic acid has been long used as a pain reliever and anti-inflammatory agent, ably preventing blood clotting and treating heart-related diseases.
This salycilic acid is a key ingredient of aspirin, which is commonly used to treat pain and reduce inflammation.
It is worth mentioning that aspirin therapy helps prevent cancer, too. According to a recent study published in the Annals of Oncology, taking aspirin may help prevent some types of cancer.
The researchers explain that its effects are visible at least three years after the start of use and some benefits appear a few years after stopping the daily aspirin therapy.
According to Dr. Jack Cuzick, head of the Centre for Cancer Prevention at Queen Mary’s University of London in the United Kingdom, in those between 50 and 65 started taking aspirin at least 10 years, there would be a 7 % reduction in number of cancers and heart attacks in women and 9% reduction in men.