A Better Alternative to Aspirin

A Better Alternative to Aspirin

A Better Alternative to Aspirin

Dr Cesar Lara

It is really a truism that there exists nothing that kills as fast as “ignorance.” Even, one of the Holy books emphasized pointblank that “…People perish because they lack knowledge.”  Bearing this in mind, this piece has been designed to reach out to as many folks as possible who are ignorant of the risk posed by aspirin to their health – those folks who rely heavily on its consumption in high doses or low doses and who have made its usage habitual in order to prevent cardiovascular diseases. Regrettably, they aren’t aware that they might be digging their own graves by themselves gradually. That sounds scary, right? – No, don’t be scared!

In the short run, a viable alternative Pycnogenol would be recommended to guarantee better healthy living. Meanwhile, let’s kick start with the negativities associated with the consumption of aspirin.

Why aspirin is bad for you: the bitter truth

Basically, Aspirin which can also be referred to as acetylsalicylic acid is a Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug (NSAID). These set of pills or drugs are renowned for being antipyretics (i.e. highly effective in combating fever), analgesic (effective in relieving pain without loss of consciousness or anesthesia) and anti-inflammatory (i.e. when consumed in high doses can lower inflammation). They are well soothed for treating blood clotting too. Owing to its efficacy in treating mild to severe pain and its anti-inflammatory capabilities, aspirin has come to be accepted by all and sundry as a daily solution. No wonder it is renowned as one of the most used pill all over the world.

Nevertheless, several studies have confirmed that aspirin’s risk to health surpasses its benefits. One of such remarkable study that affirms this claim was a Dutch study published about fifteen years ago. The study revealed that aspirin was responsible for increasing gastrointestinal bleeding in women who are under sixty four years (64) when it was intended to prevent cardiovascular diseases and colorectal cancer. This conclusion was reached after several volunteers were placed on 100mg of aspirin for an average period of close to seven and a half years. A more recent study by the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology (published in the Journal of American College of Cardiology) dispels using aspirin in low doses for the prevention of stroke and myocardial infarction (heart diseases).

The vulnerable

Now, it must be emphasized that those who have never suffered severe vascular events such as heart attacks or stroke are more likely to suffer from intense bleeding as a result aspirin usage. As reported by a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, out of every one thousand persons consuming aspirin, only eleven avoided serious cases of heart attack and stroke. Stemming from this is the fact that those who consume low dosage of aspirin in order to prevent heart attacks or stroke must stop it. From another study also, it was revealed that among older people (those who are seventy and older), aspirin did not reduce the risk of contracting dementia, cardiovascular related diseases or disability.

In addition, it is interesting to point out that the dire negative effects associated with aspirin are not exclusive to it – as various drugs in the non-steroid anti-inflammatory (NSAID) category also exhibit treats towards healthy living. Such drugs as Ibuprofen and Tylenol have been identified to be toxic to vital organs in the body. In fact, these drugs have culminated into the deaths of thousands of people over the years.

Considering the harmful effects and the attendant dangers posed by aspirin to human health, it is expedient that its consumption must be stopped. Now, a better drug which can be used to substitute aspirin and which is more effective with less risk to healthy living has been brought to lime light. The drug is Pycnogenol and according to experts, it has shamed aspirin

Why Pycnogenol is better

Why would you want to settle for aspirin and die untimely when a viable substitute exists? – No, that shouldn’t be!

Pycnogenol, extracted from the bark of European pine trees have been identified as a suitable alternative to aspirin. Research affirms that Pycnogenol might be valuable in the treatment of over eighty (80) health conditions. More so, according to studies, Pycnogenol is useful for treating allergies and asthma especially in kids; it is an antioxidant which is effective for the protection of cells from harm; and it has benefits for cardiovascular related health issues. More importantly, studies have confirmed that it is efficacious in the treatment of blood clot and coronary artery diseases. For eye defects caused by diabetes, Pycnogenol has also proven up to the task. A research study published in the Journal of Thrombotic research in 1999 revealed that unlike aspirin, Pycnogenol can inhibit blood clotting caused by smoking without increasing the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding.

What also make Pycnogenol better than aspirin is the fact that it is derived from nature – unlike aspirin which is made of synthetic chemicals. This favours the paradigm shift in the pharmaceutical industry to transcend from the use of synthetic chemical substances to natural substances which are more beneficial to human health and also reduces the risk of contracting severe diseases.

 Other benefits of Pycnogenol

Remarkable for being a natural solution, Pycnogenol as earlier said, is more beneficial to human health and better placed for preempting cardiovascular diseases. As confirmed by several studies, the following are some other benefits of Pycnogenol:

  • Pycnogenol has been earmarked as a reducer of blood pressure as such it is suitable for addressing critical cases of hypertension. Also, it is effective for combating endothelial dysfunction (associated with the incorrect functioning of the inner blood vessels).
  • It is also efficacious when used as anti-inflammatory pills. It prevents inflammatory infections and as such help in reducing the risk of contracting cardiovascular diseases.

 

In conclusion, it is undeniable that the ultimate aim of health practitioners is the total elimination of the reliance on pills in preventing cardio-related diseases (whether Pycnogenol is better than aspirin or not). As such; regular exercises, feeding on nutritious and healthy meals and clean water and adequate rest must be emphasized for healthy living.

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References

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