Originally Posted by Arka
I wonder whether aspirin ,because of the thinning of the blood,would reduce endurance,by reducing how much oxygen is delivered around the body.Apparently, it reduces muscle soreness thereby improving muscular endurance
.It also increases the level of nitric oxide in the body widening
the blood vessels and so increasing blood flow.Hmmm....
From studies it seems that aspirin has little effect on endurance.So these effects may cancel each other out. Some studies also seem to suggest to suggest that aspirin reduces potential muscle growth after a workout.So it would not be beneficial if you are an athlete wishing to put on heavy muscle mass.
BTW here is a very simple explanation of how EPO works,according to the BBC website:
Maybe, athletes on EPO take aspirin to counteract the blood thickening effect.
If you have thinner blood, it takes less effort for the heart to pump around, won't that cancel out the decrease in oxygen supply? Because it can pump around more blood with the same effort? I'm reading up on it now, interesting stuff.