This Common Yard Weed Is An Anti-Cancer Powerhouse
Dandelions! Yes, those annoying weeds you find in your yard can actually help you fight cancer, so maybe you should reconsider the next time you see one and decide to torn it away.
There was a project in 2009 called the Dandelion Root Project that bid to investigate the anticancer effect of the root extract of dandelions against cancer cells.
The tea from dandelion roots has been proven to be able to eliminate various types of cancer cells in the lab and in animals (including colon cancer, leukemia, melanoma, and pancreatic cancer), and is currently being tested in phase 1 human clinical trials for end stage blood related cancers (leukemia and lymphoma).
Listen to the fascinating 2014 TEDx talk from Dr. Siyaram Pandey PhD who describes his research on the amazing anti-cancer effects of Dandelion root.
To prepare the tea, all you need to do is dig up the root, chop or grind it finely, put 1/2tsp -1 tsp in a tea bag, steep in boiling water for 20 minutes and drink it. Consume 2 or more cups of tea per day.
The most potent form is powdered Dandelion Root Extract, which can be consumed whole in tea, juice, smoothies, etc. but be careful with it, because it is currently being investigated in the clinical trial mentioned above to determine the maximum non-toxic daily human dose.
The best thing about dandelion, beside the cancer fighting properties is that you can also consume the leaves. They contain vitamins A, K, C and B6, thiamin, riboflavin, calcium, iron, potassium, manganese, folate, magnesium, phosphorus, and copper. You can make a salad with them, cook them in a soup or blend them into a smoothie.