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An anti-inflammatory drug originally isolated from willow bark, and is used as a painkiller.
Frequent dosing can irritate the stomach and cause haemorrhages and ulcers; it also depletes the body's supply of vitamin C.
However, in other ways it is considered a 'miracle' drug, as it helps those with arthritis, and if a very small dose is taken daily in conjunction with Zinc, it's though to protect against heart disease - as it's known to block the production of PGE2, a Prostaglandin
This is a hormone-like compound whose excesses can increase bloodclotting and contribute to a heart attack. However, aspirin also inhibits PGE1 and PGE3, which are beneficial prostagandins. Some experts believe that Evening Primrose Oil is a better anti-heart attack supplement, especially if again allied to Zinc.