Tea compound can kill cancer cells
Cancer cells are like movie monsters — they just don’t die.
Unlike normal cells, which do their job and then kick the bucket so new cells can take over, cancer cells live by their own rules. And I mean LIVE — because these things manage to cheat the normal process that causes cells to die on schedule.
So they keep living — and next thing you know, you’ve got a tumor.
Now, new research finds an easy way to transform those monster cells back into normal ones so they can die on time — in theory, keeping you cancer-free, or at least helping you to fight the disease if you do get it.
It’s not a new drug. It’s not radiation. It’s a safe and natural compound found in every soothing cup of chamomile tea.
It’s called apigenin, and in a series of tests on breast cancer cells it was able to strip the cells of the power that gives them their longevity, according to the study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
That’s good news — and not just for the fight against breast cancer. Close to 80 percent of all cancers survive and thrive using this same death-cheating technique.
On the other hand, if beating the disease was that simple, people who drink chamomile would never get it — and you know that’s just not true. So, maybe it doesn’t behave in the body the way it does in a lab dish, or maybe we’ll have to wait for researchers to find the best way to deliver the apigenin right to where it’s needed.
In the meantime, however, it won’t hurt to boost your own apigenin intake since chamomile is safe, soothing, and tasty, too.