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Camomile tea ‘fights cancer’: Chemical contained in drink takes away ‘superpowers’ in disease’s cells

A cup of camomile tea could help ward off cancer, researchers say.

The tea contains a chemical, apigenin, which takes away some of the ‘superpowers’ of cancer cells.

Scientists at Ohio State University found apigenin can block the ability of breast cancer cells to live far longer than normal cells, halting their spread and making them more sensitive to drug therapy.

Camomile tea, parsley and celery are the most abundant sources of apigenin but it is also found in many fruit and vegetables common in a Mediterranean diet.

The chemical, which has also been shown to act as an anti-inflammatory, works in a way that suggests other nutrients could have similar effects in warding off cancer.

It helps proteins correct the abnormalities in RNA – molecules carrying genetic information – that are responsible for about 80 per cent of cancers.

Molecular geneticist Professor Andrea Doseff, of Ohio State University, said: ‘We know we need to eat healthfully, but in most cases we do not know the actual mechanistic reasons for why we need to do that.’We see here the beneficial effect on health is attributed to this dietary nutrient affecting many proteins.

‘In its relationship with a set of specific proteins, apigenin re-establishes the normal profile in cancer cells. We think this can have great value clinically as a potential cancer-prevention strategy.’
Cancer cells thrive by inhibiting a process that would cause them to die on a regular cycle subject to strict programming. The researchers found apigenin could stop breast cancer cells from inhibiting their own death.

Much of what is known about the health benefits of nutrients is based on epidemiological studies that show strong positive relationships between eating specific foods and better health outcomes, especially reduced heart disease.
But how the actual molecules within these healthy foods work in the body is still a mystery in many cases, and especially with those linked to lower risk for cancer.

The researchers also showed apigenin binds with an estimated 160 proteins in the human body, suggesting other nutrients linked to health benefits called ‘nutraceuticals’ might have similar far reaching effects. In contrast, most pharmaceutical drugs target a single molecule.

The researchers, whose findings are published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, likened their technique to ‘fishing’ for the human proteins in cells that interact with small molecules available in the diet.
Prof Doseff said: ‘You can imagine all the potentially affected proteins as tiny fishes in a big bowl.
‘We introduce this molecule to the bowl and effectively lure only the truly affected proteins based on structural characteristics that form an attraction.

‘We know this is a real partnership because we can see that the proteins and apigenin bind to each other.’
Experiments established apigenin had relationships with proteins that have three specific functions. Among the most important was one known as hnRNPA2 which influences tiny bits of DNA called mRNA containing the instructions needed to produce a specific protein.
Abnormalities in these are responsible for about 80 percent of all cancers.
The researchers observed apigenin’s connection to the hnRNPA2 protein restored the function of mRNA to breast cancer cells, suggesting when they are normal cells die in a programmed way, or become more sensitive to chemotherapeutic drugs.

Added Prof Doseff: ‘So by applying this nutrient, we can activate that killing machinery.’
The beneficial effects of nutraceuticals are not limited to cancer, as the investigators previously showed that apigenin has anti-inflammatory activities. The scientists noted that with its multiple cellular targets, apigenin potentially offers a variety of additional benefits that may even occur over time. The researchers are now testing whether food modified to contain proper doses of the nutrient can prevent cancer in mice.


Source: Dailymail

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Lemon are the most widely grown acid species belonging to the citrus group of fruits and have been used for generations for their therapeutic properties. Lemons are rich in vitamin C, and have cleansing effect on the digestive system. They are wide range of therapeutic properties, making them the mainstay for any good home  remedy chest.

Lemon are rich in vitamin B and C, has anti fungal, antiseptic and antacid properties. Can aids digestion of food also can act as blood purifier, helping to improve the body’s ability to expel toxins, this is useful to treat skin problems such as acne and boils.

It is one of the most powerful natural styptics; use on cuts and grazes to stop bleeding. Lemon antibacterial and antiviral properties makes it an excellent infections inhibitor, halting progression of infections. Can be use to controls bladder and kidney infections.


Drinking fresh lemon juice (lemon in hot water) will help cleanse digestive system. Drinking lemon juice first thing in the morning as a liver tonic, whilst lemon juice drunk before going to bed may help relive cramp and ‘restless leg’ syndrome.

Lemon strengten the immune system and helps relieve the symptoms of colds and flu. It can be also beneficial in the treatment of other infection.

Apply pure lemon juice to wasp sting to relieve the pain

Drinking lemon juice mixed with olive oild may help to disollove gallstone.

A drop of lemon juice will also benefit ulcers on the tongue and in the mouth


Taken from: C. Norman Shealy ” The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Healing Remedies”
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Chlorophyll is miraculous and is considered by some as a wonder-food. The one wonderful benefit of chlorophyll comes from the  fact that  its molecular structure is absolutely identical to hemoglobin except for the center atom.

In hemoglobin this is iron, whereas in chlorophyll it is magnesium. This means that when ingested, chlorophyll can assist  hemoglobin function. Hemoglobin act as oxygen carrier in our blood therefore it is vital in our body, approximately  75%of human blood is hemoglobin. Chlorophyll can assist  to rebuild and replenish our red blood cells, boosting our energy and increasing our well being almost instantly.

Chlorophyll can help to regenerate cells in our body. It is also  known to help cleanse the body, fight infection, help heal wounds, and promote the health of the circulatory, digestive, immune, and detoxification systems.

Chlorophyll consumption is said to increases the number of red blood cells  therefore increasing oxygen utilization by the body. Chlorophyll also reduces the binding of carcinogens to DNA in the liver and other organs. It also breaks down calcium oxalate stones for elimination, which are created by the body for the purpose of neutralizing and disposing of excess acid.

Chlorophyll Benefits

Beside  helping to rebuild and replenish red blood cells, chlorophyll, being highly alkaline, also known to give the following benefits.

Anti Carcinogenic:
Chlorophyll protects against a whole host of carcinogens found in fungus-laden foods such as nuts and grains, the toxins from cooked meats, and air-borne carcinogens (from pollution). It blocks the metabolism in the body of harmful chemicals known as procarcinogens that damage DNA. Studies published in the journals Carcinogenesis and Food and Chemical Toxicology clearly display that chlorophyll inhibits carcinogenesis. (Click here to read the full research article)

Antioxidant & Anti-inflammatory:
With high levels of vitamins A, C and E, chlorophyll has strong antioxidant capacity and has also been found to help reduce inflammation.

Chelation of Heavy Metals:
Chlorophyll is considered to be an important chelates agent  in nature. It’s has the ability to bind to and remove toxic heavy metals such as mercury.

Chlorophyll doesn’t actually have antiseptic properties of its own, however it does have the ability to aid body’s tissue in destroying germs by strengthening the tissue. This increases  disease resistance of cells and and  prevents the growth of bacteria.

Treats Bad Breath:
Chlorophyll has a double-action remedy for bad breath. Firstly, as a deodorizer, helps  eliminate odors in the mouth and throat and secondly it promotes a healthy digestive tract which is the primary reason for bad breath.

Rapid Delivery of Magnesium:
This has a highly alkalizing effect on the body which helps to deliver much needed oxygen to cells and tissues.

Contains vitamin K, C, folic acid, iron, calcium, protein:
Essential in building and repairing red blood cells and boosting immune system.

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Clove (Eugenia carphyllata) is the bud of a tropical evergreen tree. Its sweetening deodorizing properties have long been used externally in potpourris, incense and air fresheners. Clove can also be used as an internal deodorizer, freshening the breath and reducing body


odour.Clove has has pungent and heating properties. It functions as an analgesic, expectorant, stimulant and carminative. Clove has anti-fungal properties useful for treating athlete’s foot and it deodorizes the mouth and breath. As an anaesthetic it has been used in treating toothache.

Conditions treated: Clove is recommeded for colds, cough, asthma, laryngitis, pharyngitis, toothache, indigestion, vomiting, hiccups, low blood pressure and impotence. Clove tones muscles and expectant mothers are recommended to eat cloves in the last month of pregnancy to strengthen the uterus. It can be taken as an oil, a compress, inhalation, massage oil, lotion, spice and tea.

Clove can be use with other herbs such as cardamom, cinnamon, lavender, ginger, orange and bay leaf 

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Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum) is a stimulating plant which eases the brain, respiratory and digestive system. Added to milk, cardamom will neutralise mucus-forming properties; added to coffee, it detoxifies caffeine.

Cardamom is a stimulant, an expectorant, a diaphoretic, and has aphrodisiac properties. Cardamom aids the digestion of fats and starches, stimulates the spleen and calms acid stomach and acid regurgitation. Cardamom suppresses vomiting when eaten with banana.

Cardamom aids respiratory problems such as coughs, colds, bronchitis, asthma and loss of voice. It also helps the digestive system in cases of vomiting, belching and indigestion.

Cardamom can be take as additive to milk and food, as a bath, inhalation or massage oil.

Cardamom blends well with orange, anise, caraway, ginger and coriander.