As far back as the 1500’s, aspirin, in the form of willow bark, has been recorded. It wasn’t until the early 1800’s that salicin was isolated from willow bark by Johann Buchner in Germany. Many tries to prepare pure salicylic acid failed, until 1897 when Felix Hoffman finally accomplished this.
As a non-narcotic pain reliever, aspirin is highly effective. Pain relief is accomplished by aspirin’s ability to thin the blood. Once thinned, the nerve endings, depleted of blood, go numb. Aspirin reduces the risk of many diseases such as heart attacks and strokes. The National Heart Foundation reports that taking low doses of aspirin reduce the risk of a non fatal heart attack by over 25%, and stroke reduction risks are equally as impressive. Aspirin also lowers the rate of colon cancer. Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and angina may be prevented with aspirin.
Aspirin and Workouts
As part of an exercise regimen, aspirin is very beneficial. It improves the flow of blood to the heart. In addition, aspirin reduces inflammation, such as those caused by repetitive exercise motions or arthritis. Aspirin relieves aches and pains associated with working out. Aspirin has been shown to create a synergist effect in combination with ephedrine and caffeine, the components of the ECA stack.
Aspirin does have side effects such as tinnitus, ringing in the ears. Aspirin is an NSAID, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory. NSAIDS are notorious for causing stomach bleeding as well as ulcers in the intestines, due to irritation in the stomach lining. While aspirin is effective in many areas, it is erroneously believed to be a cure-all. Potency does not increase if more is taken. Because of these beliefs, aspirin overdoses account for more hospital admissions in the United States than any other drug.
Aspirin and ECA Stack
Aspirin is also third ingredient of the ECA (Ephedrine, Caffeine, Aspirin) Stack. The ECA stack is popular with athletes, weight lifters and those wishing to lose weight. As studies have repeatedly confirmed, the ECA Stack allows you to lose weight and fat at a significantly higher rate than just diet and exercise alone. The ECA Stack is a substantial energy source, providing vigor as well as an increase in athletic performance. The ECA Stack thermogenically increases the metabolic rate at which calories are burned.
While ephedrine and caffeine each carry significant benefits, the inclusion of aspirin into the ECA Stack has become questionable. While ephedrine and caffeine both stimulate noradrenalin secretions, it was believed aspirin enhanced this activity. However, no studies have been able to confirm aspirin’s effectiveness. Including aspirin in the ECA Stack increases daily aspirin use, which can lead to side effects such as hemorrhagic stroke. Further, many are sensitive to aspirin’s irritating effects. As a result, the EC Stack has become quite popular, thereby removing aspirin altogether. The EC Stack remains as effective as ever.