Cancer-Killing Dandelion Tea Receives $157,000 for Further Research

Cancer-Killing Dandelion Tea Receives $157,000 for Further Research

Cancer-Killing Dandelion Tea Receives $157,000 for Further Researchby Christina Sarich

Continuing research that began in 2009, Siyaram Pandey, a biochemist at the University of Windsor, and his research team  are finding that dandelion root extract is turning out to be a very aggressive natural remedy for cancer cells associated with Leukemia. The extract of dandelion root has been shown to cause chronic monocytic myeloid cells to commit suicide.  Due to this initial success, the team has recently been issued a $157,500 grant (totaling $217,000 overall) to discover how this natural remedy can treat Leukemia altogether.

Since the idea of dandelion extract being a potential cancer treatment sparked in 2009, Dr. Siyaram Pandey and Dr. Caroline Hamm saw this treatment to be a “revolutionary change” that could completely alter the direction of cancer research and cancer treatments. While a cancer treatment will likely never be accepted since it would cost the drug companies billions of dollars, this natural solution did receive approval by Health Canada for clinical trials on humans.

This is good news, as Dr. Hamm noticed that patients drinking dandelion tea seemed to be improving.

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A Handful of Dandelion’s Beneficial Properties

Dandelion, known to many as Taraxacum officinale (meaning “official remedy for disorders”) has already been proven to help with a host of diseases including preventing liver disease, slowing hepatitis, and jaundice, cleansing the system of kidney stones, assisting in weight loss, eliminating acne, improving bowel functions for those who suffer from either constipation or diarrhea, eliminating acid indigestion and acid reflux, and controlling diabetes. Dandelion provide so many benefits that the edible weed is considered one of the top Chinese healing herbs.

Dandelion leaves have some of the highest levels of Vitamin A (more than cod liver and beef) and are full of other micronutrients including copper, zinc, boron, molybdenum, cobalt as well as lots of Vitamin D. Rounding out the benefits of Dandelion, they are decent source of plant-based protein. Dandelion is also rich in fiber, potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium and B vitamins.

Considering more people are turning to better nutrition to treat their cancers, it seems that dandelion is yet another natural treatment, with the perfect combination of nutrients to support non-cancerous cells and to eliminate unhealthy ones.

Now, with more clinical research to document dandelion as a cancer cure, it can possibly take the place of expensive chemotherapy and radiation treatments that eradicate healthy cells and bank accounts too. You can pick your own dandelion leaves, dry them in the sun, and make your own teas by pouring near-boiling water over the leaves, roots and stems, or you can purchase the supplement in tincture or pre-made tea forms, just look for certified organic and fair trade if you won’t be making your own dandelion tea.

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via Natural Society

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Compound in Broccoli Kills Leukemia Cancer Cells, Leaves Healthy Cells Unaffacted

Compound in Broccoli Kills Leukemia Cancer Cells, Leaves Healthy Cells Unaffacted

Compound in Broccoli Kills Leukemia Cancer Cells, Leaves Healthy Cells Unaffacted

by Elizabeth Renter

The health benefits of cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cabbage are near countless. Many of these vegetables are able to prevent obesity, protect against heart disease, and even prevent cancer. In one recent study, researchers with Baylor College of Medicine have found a compound from these valuable veggies can actually kill cancer cells.

According to a press release from the university, researchers used a concentrated form of sulforaphane, a compound in broccoli that is believed to both prevent and treat cancer. They then used the concentrated formula on human-derived leukemia cancer cells.

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia is a blood cancer most common in children. For the study, the researchers used cancer cells from pediatric patients.

“Acute lymphoblastic leukemia is a type of cancer of the white blood cells common in children. There is about an 80 percent cure rate, but some children don’t respond to treatment. For those cases, we are in need of alternative treatments,” said Dr. Daniel Lacorazza, assistant professor of pathology & immunology.

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When treated with the concentrated sulforaphane, the cancer cells died while health cells were completely unaffected. (Many other foods such as the turkey tail mushroom, turmeric, ginger, and grape seed extract have also been found to wipe out cancer cells while leaving healthy cells unaffected.)

“Sulforaphane is a natural product. However, what we used in this study is a concentrated purified form,” said Lacorazza. “So while eating cruciferous vegetables is good for you, it will not have the same effect as what we saw in the  lab.”

Eating meals of broccoli may not kill cancer if you’ve already been diagnosed; that is true. However, this isn’t the first study to link sulforaphane with cancer treatment and prevention, suggesting the vegetables containing this important compound can play a crucial role in both prevention and treatment.

The study abstract concluded with:

“Finally, the administration of sulforaphane to the ALL (acute lymphoblastic leukemia) xenograft models resulted in a reduction of tumor burden, particularly following oral administration, suggesting a potential role as an adjunctive agent to improve the therapeutic response in high-risk ALL patients with activated AKT signaling.”

Past Research

Previous research came to similar conclusions, finding that sulforaphane could actually help reduce prostate cancer proliferation by dampening the effects of cells missing an important gene, called PTEN, which normally stops cancer from developing.

Another study showed the compound had value in protecting against breast cancer.

While the studies very well may have used concentrated sulforaphane to combat and prevent cancer, it’s reasonable to say that the vegetables containing this compound at natural levels do offer some level of prevention and protection. Don’t wait for sulforaphane in a supplement or drug form, just continue (or start) eating vegetables on a regular basis.

Sources:

Natural Society

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