People think of dandelion only as a pesky garden weed yet this is not the case. In fact, dandelion has a number of health benefits. It has been used for centuries to help treat some ailments. If you are unfamiliar with dandelion then this is a plant with distinct yellow flowers. Dandelion grows in many parts of the world. They are considered to be herbs. The leaves, stem, flowers and root of dandelions are used for medicinal purposes.
There are many health benefits of dandelions including:
- Providing antioxidants
- Reducing cholesterol in the blood
- Regulating blood sugar
- Reducing inflammation
- Lowering blood pressure
- Helping with eight loss
- Reducing cancer risk
- Boosting the immune system
- Helping with digestion
- Keeping the skin healthy
Among these many benefits, one has been the subject of many research studies had has provided great insight into how dandelion interacts with the body. This is the fact that dandelion affects cancer.
Dandelion tea for cancer treatment
Research after research has confirmed the effectiveness of dandelion root extract in producing apoptosis in-vitro cancer cells hence manipulating them to commit ‘molecular suicide’ without affecting healthy cells.
In these research studies, there has been no human trial to confirm the findings from studies done on animal subjects. The method of investigating how dandelion affects cancer cells is that of isolating cancer cells in test tubes or using test animals bred with selected traits especially mice. Therefore, the studies are inconclusive on how dandelion exactly affects cancer cells in the human body because these test cells and treatment are unaffected by the biological dynamics of the human body like metabolism, nutrition, side effects and other factors.
Nevertheless, proof from investigation suggest that dandelion can be used as a treatment for cancer especially the dandelion root extract. This extract has been the subject of biomedical investigation because it has high content of antioxidants. Antioxidants are believed to be the core of the body’s fighting system against free radicals. Antioxidants are also the reason why green tea is highly advocated for by nutritionists because of their high content in the tea. According to researchers, a combination of dandelion root and green tea is a potential cancer fighter and in treating other health conditions. It is therefore no surprise that ancient civilizations used this combination to treat digestion problems.
Dandelion root extract does indeed kill cancer cells by making them disintegrate without causing an effect on the healthy cells. Dandelion tea is just a conduit through which the dandelion extract is delivered. A study in Canada showed that dandelion tea caused 95% apoptosis of colon cancer cells, killed off pancreatic cancer cells with no impact on healthy cells, reduced cell growth in stomach cancer and killed leukemia and melanoma cancerous cells in laboratory mice.
These findings are good news to the medical research community who are continuously trying to find the cure for cancer. There have single reports of people who drank dandelion tea and their cancers completely disappeared. Therefore, it is safe to say that there is hope for the future. Dandelion tea might not be an absolute cure to cancer but is an indication that the cure to cancer is within our reach.