In 2009, a group of researchers from the Windsor University in Canada started examining an abundant weed as a cancer treatment.

Everything started when one oncologist found something very interesting with a couple of cancer patients. It may sound unbelievable but the plant we are referring to is common dandelion!

One post-doctoral fellow named Pamela Ovadje has conducted an extensive work on this topic. She was dealing with the incredible anti-cancer properties in dandelion and other similar extracts.

As Ovadje said,

“We got information from one oncologist that collaborates with us, who had patient that presented improvement after consuming tea from dandelion root. So, with just one phone call, we started studying this tea to find out what made the patients respond to it, and that’s how we began digging dandelions.”

She was very suspicious when they started, but not because dandelion is a natural source. “I thought that dandelions are everywhere, so if there was something good in it, people would have already discovered it, “– she explained.

We are to hear that scientists have began conducting studies on the dandelion root extract and the effects on cancer patients, because the results are incredible!

“Since we started this project, we managed to successfully assess the effect from a simple water extract of the dandelion root in different types of human cancer cells in the laboratory and we have observed the efficiency against T-cell leukemia, colon and pancreatic cancer and chronic myelomonocytic leukemia without causing toxicity to the non-cancerous cells. Moreover, these studies are confirmed in animals (mice) that had human cancer cells transplanted in them.”

The extract from dandelion root was approved for trials in humans in the beginning of 2015. Now, it’s in the first phase of trials for final stage of blood-related cancer, like lymphoma and leukemia.

According to doctor Siyaram Pandey, a chemistry and biochemistry professor from Windsor University and leading research investigator in this project, extract from dandelion root has a very “good potential” to kill cancer cells.

How does this extract work?

Dandelion extract causes the cancer cells to go into apoptosis, which is a natural process of the cells when they activate intracellular death program since they aren’t needed anymore. In other words, this extract causes the cancer cells to “kill themselves” without harming the healthy cells.

2 cells perform the apoptosis which is much better than taking chemotherapy drugs which destroy one healthy cell for every 10 cancers cell.

It’s important to note that the concentration of dandelion extract is higher than those that are currently available. Although it is still in trials, dandelion extract can become the future of treating cancer!

If you want to find out more, check out the video below. Doctor Siyaram Pandey explains how the root of this plant causes the death of the cancer cells in 24 hours.