Dandelion is a plant with myriad of uses and health benefits. Namely, it is utilized as laxative to increase bowel movements and to increase the production of urine. Furthermore, it is used for eczema, loss of appetite, intestinal gas, gallstones, upset stomach, joint pain, muscle aches, and bruises. Likewise, it acts as blood and digestive tonic and it is also used as skin toner. It can be as well as used in the treatments of infections, specifically viral infections, and cancer. In foods, dandelion is added to salads, soups, wine, and teas. The roasted root of dandelion is an alternative to coffee.
A team of Canadian researchers from the University of Windsor in Ontario, in 2009, have initiated a research on an abundant weed for the purpose of finding a cure for cancer. This research was incited with the remarkable findings of an oncologist related to cancer patients who used dandelion in their treatment.
Pamela Ovadje, a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Windsor, has performed a thorough research on dandelion cancer effects. She researched the anti-cancer features of dandelion and similar extracts.
Dandelion is an herb which people commonly use it to prepare medicines. This plant is utilized for many health conditions, however up to now there isn’t enough scientific evidence to determine whether or not it is effective for any of them.
Regarding this matter, Ms. Ovadje states, quoting:
“We had information from an oncologist, a collaborator here in Windsor, who had patients that showed improvement after taking dandelion root tea. And so, with a phone call, we decided to start studying what was in this tea that made patients respond to it, so we started digging up dandelions.”
Naturally, in the beginning she was suspicious in these findings, and not because this is a completely natural source. She explained her reasons of suspicion: “I figured dandelions are everywhere, and if there was something to it, people would have found this out already. “
This is one step forward as researchers have already started to carry out studies on dandelion root extract and its effects on cancer due to the fact that the given results are incredible.
“Since the commencement of this project, we have been able to successfully assess the effect of a simple water extract of dandelion root in various human cancer cell types in the lab and we have observed its effectiveness against human T-cell leukemia, chronic myelomonocytic leukemia, and pancreatic and colon cancers, with no toxicity to non-cancer cells. Furthermore, these efficacy studies have been confirmed in animal models (mice) that have been transplanted with human colon cancer cells.”
The human trials of dandelion root extract were approved in February, 2015. Currently, it is in Phase 1 trials for end-stage blood-related cancers, like leukemia and lymphoma.
Dr. Siyaram Pandey, professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Windsor and principal research investigator for the project, states that dandelion root extract contains a “good potential” to destroy cancer cells.
How dandelion extract kills cancer?
This powerful extract makes cancer cells to go through apoptosis which is a natural cell process where a cell activates an intracellular death program since its existence is not required anymore. In plain words, dandelion root extract makes cancer cell to “commit suicide” without harming the healthy ones.
Apoptosis is much better solution than the conventional chemotherapy drugs which kill one healthy cell for every 5 to 10 cancer cell.
It is crucial to know that the concentration of this extract is much higher from the one available on the market. There are still trials that need to be proceeded, but it is mostlikely the future of cancer treatment.
If you want to find out more about this new revelation, watch the following video where Dr. Siyaram Pandey’s gives a complete explanation of how dandelion root eliminates cancer cells within 24 hours.