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Cancer Cells: Dandelion Root Is a Potential Therapy for Cancer

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Cancer Cells: Dandelion Root Is a Potential Therapy for Cancer

Dandelion root, dandelion greens as well as dandelion tea is loaded with nutrients and boast a variety of benefits for our health.
Background
Dandelions, also known as Taraxacum officinale, are a type of flowering plant native to Europe, Asia and North America. The origins of dandelion as a natural remedy can be traced all the way back to 659 B.C. in ancient China. It was also used in Arabic, Welsh and European medicine and was eaten raw or made into a juice or tonic.
Traditional uses of the dandelion ranged from promoting better digestion to healing the liver. Some Native American tribes chewed on dandelion root to relieve pain while others steamed the leaves and applied topically to ease sore throats.
Nevertheless, the benefits of dandelion extend way beyond the root. In fact, dandelion leaves, seeds and flowers can all be used in a variety of recipes and each boast a unique set of nutrients and health-promoting properties.

Nutritional contents
Dandelion is rich in many nutrients yet low in calories. it contains a good amount of fiber as well as vitamin K, vitamin A and vitamin C.
One cup of chopped dandelion greens (55 grams) contains approximately:
  • 24.7 calories
  • 5.1 grams carbohydrates
  • 1.5 grams protein
  • 0.4 gram fat
  • 1.9 grams fiber
  • 428 micrograms vitamin K (535 percent Daily Value (DV)
  • 5,588 international units vitamin A (112 percent DV)
  • 19.3 milligrams vitamin C (32 percent DV)
  • 103 milligrams calcium (10 percent DV)
  • 1.7 milligrams iron (9 percent DV)
  • 1.9 milligrams vitamin E (9 percent DV)
  • 0.2 milligram manganese (9 percent DV)
Dandelion greens also contain a small amount of thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, folate, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc and copper.
Scientific Studies on Possible Dandelion Benefits – Ward off Cancer Cells
Scientists from Canada Discovered a Plant That appears to impact Cancer Cells in 48 Hours.  At the University of Windsor in Canada a research was conducted at the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and the results can give hope to cancer patients.
Dandelion tea may act on the cancer cells in a way that possibly inhibits growth of new cancer cells over a 48 hour period, during which time no new healthy cells in the body seemed to get affected. This often neglected plant is considered to be weed, but has many healing properties and it must be clean when collected, away from the roads and pollution.
While our grandmothers used to prepare syrups of dandelion flowers knowing that contains many curative substances, what they did not know for sure was dandelion root may help cancer patients. Scientists have found the root of this plant appears to be “better” than chemotherapy because it “kills” all the cells, and dandelion root only ones affected by cancer.
In addition it has diuretic properties, stimulates the secretion of the bile, cleanses the liver, helps with allergies and reduces cholesterol. It contains very important vitamins and minerals such as vitamin B6, thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin C, iron, calcium, potassium, folic acid and magnesium.
It contains up to 53% of the required daily intake of vitamin K and about 110% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin A. These facts about this plant are known for years. But recent studies have shed a new light on the dandelion.

How to pick the dandelion root?
Dandelion root is harvested in autumn or spring, when all the energy is contained in the root. A dandelion root should be pulled out from the ground. Use a small trowel to dig, and gently remove the earth around the root. Make sure the root remains intact, to not to lose the healing fluid hidden in it.
Remove the root from a clean place not treated with various chemicals, and while you remove the root focus your energy on large and powerful plants.
How to store the dandelion root?
As a remedy, dandelion root is used fresh and dried. If we want to keep dandelion root it needs to be dried. Before drying, the root should be carefully peeled and cut into equal, smaller pieces. After that, the dried dandelion root should be kept in a fresh air. Spread the dandelion root on a surface, in a cool dry place with good ventilation.
The root will be dried in a period of 3 to 14 days, and you’ll notice when dried becomes brittle under the fingers. In this way dried dandelion root contains medicinal properties up to a year, and should be stored in a glass jars in a cool, dark place.
 
Detox Liver
According to Axe, (2021) vitamins and nutrients in dandelions cleanse our livers and keep them working properly. Dandelions aid our digestive system by maintaining the proper flow of bile. One study by Davaatseren et al., (2013) supports the idea that dandelion tea or stems are also good vitamin C foods,  and may help with mineral absorption, reducing inflammation and preventing the development of disease.
Natural Coffee Substitute
The roots of young dandelion plants are roasted to a dark brown color. Then, after steeping in hot water and straining, it can be enjoyed as a coffee substitute
Fights Cholesterol
Some of the bioactive compounds in dandelion may lower cholesterol, which may decrease heart disease risk. One animal study by Davaatseren    et al .,(2013) significantly reduced cholesterol and triglyceride levels in mice that were treated with dandelion extract.
Another  rabbit study by Choi et al.,(2010) examined the impact of adding dandelion roots and leaves to a high-cholesterol diet. Rabbits that received dandelion had noticeably reduced cholesterol levels. Though these outcomes are intriguing, more research is needed to determine dandelion’s potential effects on cholesterol in humans.
Support Bones
Dandelions contain 10 percent of the recommended daily value of calcium in the body. Hence, just drinking dandelion tea or eating the greens, the body calcium need is sorted and could avert high blood pressure that may be caused by calcium deficiency.
High in Vitamin K
Dandelion is loaded with over 500 percent of the daily value of the body needs of Vitamin K.  Vitamin K is an essential fat-soluble vitamin and is significant   in bone and heart health. Vitamin K is the major vitamin needed in bone mineralization and blood clotting — in actual fact, vitamin K builds bones better than calcium! And it helps maintain brain function and a healthy metabolism.
For instance, one study by Adams and Pepping (2005), demonstrates that vitamin K can improve bone health and reduce the risk of bone fractures, especially in postmenopausal women who are at risk for osteoporosis. Vitamin K also supports menstrual bleeding because of its blood-clotting abilities.
One study by Juanola-Falgarona et al., (2014) which involved over 7,000 respondents demonstrates vitamin K ability to reduce the risk of cancer and cardiovascular mortality.
Weight Loss
Zhang et al.,(2008) study confirmed that dandelion could have similar effects on the body as the weight loss drug Orlistat, which works by inhibiting pancreatic lipase, an enzyme released during digestion to break down fat. Testing the impact of dandelion extract in mice revealed similar results, prompting researchers to recommend further study on the possible anti-obesity effects of dandelion.
Diabetes Supports
Dandelion tea and juice help people with diabetes by stimulating the production of insulin from the pancreas and keeping blood sugar levels low. dandelion tea also supports the body remove excess sugar that’s stored in the body — because it’s a diuretic.
One study by Wirngo et al., (2016) confirmed that the anti-diabetic properties of dandelion are credited to bioactive chemical machineries, including chicoric acid and sesquiterpene lactones. They noted that it has also been used for diabetes because of its anti-hyperglycemic, antioxidative and anti-inflammatory properties.
Dermatological Health
Christine Ruggeri, (2019), notes that, the milky white substance that is seen on the fingers when one breaks a dandelion stem is actually great for the skin! The sap of a dandelion stem is highly alkaline, and it has germicidal, insecticidal and fungicidal properties. The author is of the view the sap can be used to relieve itching or irritation from eczema, ringworm, psoriasis and other skin infections. This assertion was confirmed by one study by Yang & Li, (2015) that dandelion leaf and flower extracts have been found to serve as potent protective agents against UVB damage and absorption.
Antioxidants
One study by Choi et al., (2010) demonstrates that antioxidants are substances that help prevent certain types of cell damage, especially those caused by oxidation. Drinking dandelion tea may help the body avoid cell damage from free radicals. One study by Chatterjee et al., (2011) found that dandelion root extract was effective in killing different cancers as a result of its free radical-fighting abilities.
Fiber
Dandelion tea and greens are high-fiber foods, making them a beneficial aid for digestion and intestinal health. One study by Anderson et al., (2009) agrees that high-fiber diets also reduce the risk of obesity, heart disease and diabetes, digestive problems, kidney stones and obesity as well as the power to lower the risk of some cancers.
Vitamin A
Dawson (2000) is of the view that dietary vitamin A supports antioxidants that prevent carcinogenesis by decreasing the levels of the free radicals that cause DNA damage. A cup of dandelion greens has over 100 percent of the daily value of vitamin A, hence, one can fight premature aging, respiratory infections and vision impairment with just a mug of dandelion tea.
Additionally, Vitamin A also gives immune support, promotes skin health and helps prevent cancer. For women who are pregnant, getting enough vitamin A is very important, especially during the third trimester.
Diuretic
Clare et al., (2008) study demonstrates that dandelion root has a natural diuretic effect, aiding the liver to rapidly eliminate toxins. Because dandelion helps reduce uric acid and stimulates urine production, it’s beneficial for fighting bacterial infections within the digestive tract and reproductive organs.
Urinary Tract Infections
Clare et al., (2008) study  confirmed that dandelion tea can help prevent urinary tract infections, as well as bladder disorders, kidney problems and possibly even cysts on reproductive organs due, in to its diuretic properties.
For effectiveness against UTIs, Levy (2021) recommends that dandelion root should be combined with another leaf extracts called uva ursi to helps reduce the number of UTIs in women.  The author notes: “In this combination, uva ursi is used because it kills bacteria, and dandelion is used because of its ability to increase urine flow and fight infection”.
Side effects
Christine Ruggeri, (2019) notes:
  1. Dandelion tea should be avoided in those taking antibiotics or allergic to dandelion.
  2. Those allergic to ragweed and related plants (like daisies, chrysanthemums, marigolds), are likely to be allergic to dandelion.
  • Dandelions can cause allergic reactions when taken by mouth or applied to the skin of sensitive people.
  1. Dandelion might decrease how much antibiotics the body absorbs. This means that taking dandelion along with antibiotics might decrease the effectiveness of some antibiotics.
  2. Some antibiotics that might interact with dandelion include ciprofloxacin, enoxacin, norfloxacin, sparfloxacin, trovafloxacin and grepafloxacin.
  3. Taking dandelion might decrease how well the body gets rid of lithium because of its diuretic properties. This could increase how much lithium is in the body and result in serious side effects.
  • There is also potassium in some diuretic pills, so be careful when taking these “water pills” because you don’t want too much lithium or potassium in the body.
  • Dandelion might decrease how quickly the liver breaks down some medications. Before taking dandelion, talk to your health care provider if you take any medications that are changed by the liver. Some of these types of medications include amitriptyline, haloperidol, ondansetron,  propranolol, theophylline and verapamil.
Dosage and Supplement Forms
According to Healthline.com, dandelion leaves, stems and flowers are often taken in their natural state and can be eaten cooked or raw. Dandelion is also available in supplemental forms, such as capsules, extracts and tinctures.
Currently, there are no clear dosage guidelines, as very little human research has been conducted on dandelion as a supplement. The following are recommended:
  • Fresh leaves: 4–10 grams, daily.
  • Dried leaves: 4–10 grams, daily.
  • Leaf tincture: 0.4–1 teaspoon (2–5 ml), three times a day.
  • Fresh leaf juice: 1 teaspoon (5 ml), twice daily.
  • Fluid extract: 1–2 teaspoon (5–10 ml), daily.
  • Fresh roots: 2–8 grams, daily.
  • Dried powder: 250–1,000 mg, four times a day.
Take Home
  • Dandelion supports the health of your bones, digestion, liver, urinary tract and skin. It’s rich in nutrients, including fiber, antioxidants, vitamin A and vitamin K.
  • Dandelions have the potential to provide some therapeutic health benefits. However, research on specific applications for dandelion is lacking, especially in human studies.
The writer is on a mission to provide you and your family with the highest quality nutrition tips, scientific herbs and healthy recipes in the world.
DISCLAIMER: This post is for enlightenment purposes only and should not be used as a replacement for professional diagnosis and treatments. Remember to always consult your healthcare provider before making any health-related decisions or for counselling, guidance and treatment about a specific medical condition.



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