In 2009, a group of Canadian researchers from the University of Windsor in Ontario started looking at an abundant weed as a cure for cancer it all started when an oncologist came across something quite interesting with some cancer patients. Believe it or not, it’s dandelion.
Pamela Ovadje has done an extensive work on the topic. She dealt with the anti-cancer properties of dandelion and similar extracts.
According to Ovadje,
“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.”
Although she was suspicious at the beginning about dandelions she continued to research more about them. The results were amazing.
Dandelion root extract was approved for human trials in February 2015. Now, it is in Phase 1 trials for end-stage blood-related cancers, such as leukemia and lymphoma.
According to Dr. Siyaram Pandey, professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Windsor and principal research investigator for the project, dandelion root extract has quite a “good potential” to cause a death of cancer cells.
How Does it Work?
This extract causes cancer cells to go through apoptosis, a natural cell process where a cell activates an intracellular death program because it isn`t needed anymore. In brief, dandelion root extract causes the cancer cell to “commit suicide” without affecting the healthy ones.
Two cells perform apoptosis which is far better than chemotherapy drugs which kill one healthy cell for every 5 to 10 cancer cell, the dandelion extract.
It is important to mention that the concentration of this extract is much higher than the one which is currently available. This extract may be the future of cancer treatment!