Dandelion root can be called magic. It helps in killing Cancer cells, treating Diabetes, and improving liver function, and has other health benefits.
1. Dandelion Root Kills Cancer Cells.
2. Dandelion Root Tea: Natural Alternative Cure for Cancer
Hoax or Fact:
Mixture of Hoax and Facts.
Certain stories circulating online since few years call the common weed Dandelion as magic, saying it helps in killing Cancer cells, treating Diabetes, and improving Liver function, also having other health benefits. So let us analyze the extent of authenticity and facts associated with the alleged natural treatment using Dandelion.
Available Scientific Evidence
Extracts of the Dandelion flower, leaves and root are used to make healthy teas, because they contain bioactive compounds with potential anti-cancer properties. According to University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) website umm.edu, Dandelion is full of vitamins A, B, C and D, and also minerals like Iron, Potassium and Zinc. Dandelion flower has antioxidant properties. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has been using Dandelion for treating stomach problems, appendicitis and breast problems, such as inflammation or lack of milk flow. Dandelion was used in Europe in remedies for fever, boils, eye problems, Diabetes and diarrhea.
Dandelion for Liver Ailments
Dandelion is regarded as a detoxifying herb in the East, many naturopathic physicians frequently use it in therapies meant to treat liver ailments. In fact, the Dandelion root has been a focus of study because of its ability to improve liver and gallbladder function and stimulate appetite (hunger).
Dandelion for Diabetes
University of Maryland Medical Center states that preliminary animal studies in diabetic mice have suggested dandelion may help normalize Blood Sugar levels and lower total cholesterol and triglycerides, while raising HDL (good) cholesterol. However, not all the animal studies have shown the positive effect on blood sugar. Researchers need to examine if dandelion will work in people with Diabetes.
Dandelion for Cancer
Laboratory studies have shown that dandelion can kill certain bacteria and other microbes. Some people have been using Dandelion for certain types of Cancer and reporting positive results, but so far quality scientific studies have not been conducted in humans.
A Dandelion Root Project started by the scientists at University of Windsor in Canada studied its effectiveness as an anti-cancer agent. Canada's CBC News website cbc.ca reports Professor Siyaram Pandey studying the anti-cancer potential of Dandelion Root Extract (DRE) and that he has already published a study in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine Journal in late 2010, proving that DCE induces Apoptosis (Cell suicide) in human Melanoma Cells without inducing toxicity in noncancerous cells. Note that the effect of dandelion root extract (DRE) on human melanoma cell lines was examined in an ex-vivo study, i.e. in cultures, not in patients. In a study published in late 2012, the similar team of scientists also demonstrated that dandelion root extract has the potential to induce Apoptosis and Autophagy in human Pancreatic Cancer cells with no significant effect on noncancerous cells. As of this writing, the team is conducting human clinical trials on a group of patients with end-stage, blood-related cancers.
So more scientific studies in humans are needed to find out if the bioactive compounds in Dandelion can treat Cancer and Diabetes. However, since it is a natural food that is generally considered safe, the people who like to try it can do it under the supervision of a health care provider or a doctor who can help determine the right dose.
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