4 major health benefits of baby aspirin
By Melissa Brodsky
There are many potential benefits to taking baby aspirin on a daily basis. A low dose of the medication many of us are most familiar with as a pain and fever reducer, one baby aspirin normally delivers a dose of 81 mg, equal to about a quarter of a regular aspirin. Research shows that baby aspirin may provide benefits for the following health issues:
Blood clots. Baby aspirin can help thin the blood, preventing blood clots that have the potential to clog your arteries. Since such blood clots can contribute to heart attacks and stroke, it is possible that taking a daily baby aspirin could help save your life.
Inflammation. Since aspirin has anti-inflammatory properties, taking a daily baby aspirin may help you deal with chronic conditions marked by inflammation. For example, you could take a daily aspirin to help reduce the symptoms of arthritis. There’s even evidence to suggest it may help with the symptoms of some allergies.
Signs of aging. Who would have thought that baby aspirin would have anti-aging properties? Some studies show baby aspirin’s anti-inflammatory, blood thinning effects may actually help reduce wrinkle development. Why? Well, inflammation contributes to visible signs of aging, so anything that fights inflammation can potentially help reduce wrinkling and other visible effects.
Fertility problems. Some studies show that a daily baby aspirin might help prevent miscarriage and boost fertility. First, aspirin can help improve blood flow to a woman’s reproductive organs, making successful implantation of a fertilized egg more likely. Likewise, it can help improve the lining of the uterus, lowering the risk of miscarriage. Because it thins the blood, it may prevent clotting that could interfere with a healthy pregnancy. Abnormal blood clotting is also associated with antiphospholipid antibodies, which are a risk factor for recurrent miscarriages. Last, but not least, baby aspirin may help stimulate the ovaries to produce and release more than one egg during ovulation.