As a child, you likely got a thrill out of picking its many fluffy seed heads from the yard and gently blowing them into the wind. As an adult, perhaps you’ve tried to eradicate it entirely to maintain the “perfect” lawn. Whatever your perception of the ubiquitous dandelion (Taraxacum officinale), science is revealing that this curious flowering plant (which many consider a weed) is actually a potent cancer fighting medicine that grows almost everywhere.
Believe it or not, dandelions are loaded with vitamins, minerals, and other healing nutrients that typically take a back seat to the plant’s reputation as a pesky weed. Dandelions have long held a top spot in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) as a remedy for digestive upset, inflammation, and kidney disease, boiling nicely into a healing tea.
Why Dandelion is a Cancer Fighting Medicine
Anecdotal reports of folks plucking dandelion from their yard, drying it, and grinding it up into an edible powder suggest that the root extract of this medicinal plant helps significantly boost immunity, which combined with its appetite stimulation properties is exactly what the body needs to prevent cancer development.
More recently, dandelion root has been a focus of study for its ability to improve liver and gallbladder function, as well as stimulate appetite. And right now, human clinical trials are taking place to evaluate how dandelion root extract might help in treating blood-related cancers, including lymphoma and leukemia.
Dandelion Root Extract Tested on 30 End-Stage Cancer Patients
Researchers from Windsor Regional Cancer Centre in Canada are confident in dandelion’s anti-cancer potential. Dr. Siyaram Pandey, a professor of chemistry and biochemistry, announced in February 2015 that they had received approval and funding for human clinical trials. The team is testing a potent form of dandelion root extract on a group of 30 patients with end-stage, blood-related cancers.
The University of Maryland Medical Center also acknowledges dandelion’s immune-boosting capacity. The Center noted that the flower in particular possesses strong antioxidant properties, which is helpful in averting cancer. The root is likewise beneficial, as previously mentioned, in helping to detoxify the liver and gallbladder, as well as improve kidney function.
Earlier research by Dr. Pandey from the University of Windsor further illustrates the anti-cancer potential of dandelion. In otherwise untreatable pancreatic cancer (which is said to have close to a 100% mortality rate), dandelion root extract was found to induce programmed cell death, also known as apoptosis, in pancreatic cancer cells. It also killed leukemia and melanoma cancer cells in lab mice. Dandelion root extract similarly induced autophagy, a process by which the body maintains homeostasis through the proper elimination of damaged or malignant cells.
The Mind Blowing Study
In 2012, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry of the University of Windsor, Canada completed a study on the effects of dandelion root extract on pancreatic cancer. The results were simply amazing to say the least.
Their results were that dandelion root extract was able induce selective apoptosis in cancerous cells and caused the collapse of the mitochondrial membranes in these cells which led to cancerous cell prodeath autophagy. Apoptosis is when several organism cells are infected with a virus that causes overall cell death. Cell death is part of a cell’s life cycle and it’s necessary to free up room and nutrients for new cells.
On the other hand, autophagy is cellular degradation and death that is caused when a cell starves to death (as the name implies) when it tries to continue functioning without any nutrients.
They concluded that additional studies should be made on dandelion root extract to determine if it could be made into a reliable cancer treatment because it was able to selectively target cancerous cells without harming healthy ones.
In other words: a dandelion root extract treatment could be lethal to cancerous cells without destroying your health like chemotherapy, radiation treatment, and cancer removal surgery.
Homemade Dandelion Root Tea
Here’s what you’ll need
– One fresh batch of organic dandelion
Here’s what you’ll need to do:
Chop the dandelion root, then place it in a saucepan of boiling water. Let it sit for a bit more than a minute. Remove the saucepan from the stove, cover it, and let simmer down for about forty minutes.
Strain the liquid into a teacup and reheat if you prefer it that way.
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