(Natural News) There's a good chance you have an ancient medicine that is capable of fighting cancer in your yard – and it's also quite possible that you regularly pull it out or mow right over it. Dandelions might look like weeds, but they could actually be the most valuable thing to ever grow in your garden.
This flowering plant, which may have originated in Eurasia, gets its name from the French "dent de lion", which mean's lion's tooth, on account of its jagged, tooth-like leaves. Known for its high vitamin A content, dandelions have long been used to naturally prevent urinary tract infections as they can impede the growth of microbes within the urinary system.
The plant is known for its liver support, and its tea is often used for detoxification. However, it is the root of the plant that has been getting the most attention lately as its extract has been shown to offer anti-cancer effects. So far, it has killed cancer cells for cancers such as melanoma, pancreatic cancer, leukemia, and colon cancer in animals and lab settings. A phase 1 human clinical trial is already underway to explore its use in end-stage blood cancers like lymphoma and leukemia.
In one study from the University of Windsor in Ontario, dandelion root extract was shown to prompt human melanoma cells to kill themselves within just 48 hours, leaving nearby healthy cells alone. Meanwhile a study published in the International Journal of Oncology found that dandelion tea could reduce prostate and breast cancer cells.
In addition to its anti-cancer effects, dandelion root can also enhance heart health. Its extract can help treat blood acidity and high blood pressure, and the medicinal root can reduce blood cholesterol and help fat to break down. It can also inhibit inflammation, which is at the heart of many modern chronic illnesses.