Salicin - Glossary


A natural anti-inflammatory compound derived from white willow bark (Salix alba).  Salicin is chemically similar to aspirin, and has a similar action.

White willow bark extracts standardized for salicin were typically added to ephedra-based fat burners designed to be “all natural” versions of the well-known “ECA” stack (ephedrine, caffeine, aspririn – see Paul’s Xenadrine RFA review for one example).  Theoretically, aspirin/salicin works synergistically with ephedrine/caffeine to enhance lipolysis, but there is less research to back this up (and the “EC” stack is quite effective without it). 

Salicin-containing extracts are also added to “ephedra-free” fat burners, but there is no evidence it provides any benefits.

Author: elissa

Elissa is a former research associate with the University of California at Davis, and the author/co-author of over a dozen articles published in scientific journals. Currently a freelance writer and researcher, Elissa brings her multidisciplinary education and training to her writing on nutrition and supplements.

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