Gather Those Chamomile Flowers

Chamomile Contains the Anti-Cancer Flavonoid Apigenin

It’s likely that naturally occurring flavonoids, such as apigenin, are responsible for some of chamomile’s anti-cancer effects.

Apigenin, which is also found in celery, parsley, fruits, and other vegetables and herbs, slowed cancer growth and shrank cancerous tumors in animal studies.chamomile

When mice that were implanted with cells of a particularly deadly, fast-growing human breast cancer were treated with apigenin, the cancerous growth slowed and the tumors shrank.

Blood vessels feeding the cancer tumors also shrank and restricted nutrient flow to the tumor cells, starving them of the nutrients needed to spread.

A study conducted in 2011 also showed similarly promising results; when rats with breast cancer were treated with apigenin, they developed fewer tumors and had significant delays in tumor formation.

Again in 2013, apigenin was shown to block the ability of breast cancer cells to inhibit their own deaths.

Interestingly, the compound was also found to bind to 160 proteins in the human body, which suggests it has far-reaching health effects (unlike pharmaceutical drugs, which typically only have one specific target).

The researchers explained:

…in contrast to small-molecule pharmaceuticals designed for defined target specificity, dietary phytochemicals affect a large number of cellular targets with varied affinities that, combined, result in their recognized health benefits.”

7 Health Benefits of Chamomile

This soothing herb has a long history of traditional use, including by the father of medicine himself, Hippocrates. Chamomile is typically used in the form of infusions, liquid extracts, or essential oils made from the plant’s fresh or dried flower heads.

Beyond potentially playing a role in thyroid-cancer prevention, chamomile has multiple pharmacological actions, including:

  1. Antibacterial
  2. Antifungal
  3. Anti-inflammatory
  4. Antispasmodic
  5. Anti-ulcer
  6. Antiviral
  7. Sedative

So gather those chamomile flowers and let’s have tea! 

  ~ Be Well.


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