The Weed That Could Kill Pancreatic Cancer Cells.
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) January 08, 2013
Doctors Health Press, a division of Lombardi Publishing Corporation, and publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a study out of Windsor, Canada that found dandelion extract can help kill pancreatic cancer cells.
As Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/cancer-articles/the-weed-that-could-kill-pancreatic-cancer-cells) notes, that lawn weed that everyone loves to hate—the dandelion—has some pretty incredible qualities when it comes to boosting health. Dandelion greens, now available in most grocery stores, are high in vitamins A, B-complex, C, and D, and minerals including iron, potassium, magnesium, calcium, and zinc. As for dandelion root extract, it’s able to offer help where no other treatment has when it comes to pancreatic cancer.
As the article “The Weed That Could Kill Pancreatic Cancer Cells” reports, pancreatic cancer has a 100% mortality rate. There’s no pharmaceutical intervention that’s been successful in shutting down the rapid spread of this form of cancer. But just recently, researchers from the University of Windsor in Ontario evaluated the effectiveness of dandelion root extract in treating aggressive and resistant pancreatic cancer cells.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article outlines that what researchers found is very promising: the dandelion root extract induced apoptosis (cell death) in pancreatic cancer cells in a dose- and time-dependent manner—meaning the dandelion root extract went to work as soon as it was applied to the cells, and the more extract that was used, the more the cancer cells died.
According to the article, the dandelion extract killed off the cancer cells by causing the collapse of mitochondrial membranes, making it impossible for the cancer cells to survive. What’s more, normal, healthy cells were completely immune to this effect.
Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin concludes by noting that the researchers are still calling for more research to be conducted.
(SOURCE: Ovadie, P., et al., “Selective induction of apoptosis and autophagy through treatment with dandelion root extract in human pancreatic cancer cells,” Pancreas October 2012; 41(7): 1,039–47.)
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