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Chamomile displays outstanding anti-anxiety and anticancer properties

Saturday, December 07, 2013 by: P. Simard
Tags: chamomile, anti-anxiety, anticancer

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(NaturalNews) For many people living in such a fast-paced world, society's many constraints will eventually take its toll and lead them to experience various levels of stress and anxiety. In many cases, people feel helpless, and if the conditions remain untreated, they can easily lead to severe depression. As reported by the Journal of Affective Disorders, a past study showed that up to 85% of depressed patients were previously suffering from anxiety. It's important to know that chamomile has been proven to be extremely effective in treating the effects of anxiety and depression. It is known to relax and calm the nervous system and therefore may also be strongly beneficial to people suffering from insomnia.

Back in 2009, the University of Pennsylvania's School of Medicine observed some quite interesting results with the use of chamomile that led them to further confirm its anti-anxiety and antidepressant reputation. Their study included 37 people who either had ongoing depression and anxiety disorders or at least a serious history of these issues. The trial lasted for a total of eight weeks, and participants were given capsules of chamomile extracts on a daily basis. At the end of the study, a specific scoring system was employed in order to determine that up to 57% of the group had greatly reduced their levels of anxiety and depression. The study was repeated by the university three years later basically ending with similar conclusive results which led researchers to qualify them as clinically meaningful.

Chamomile stops breast cancer cells from developing

Based on solid research, chamomile's most remarkable feat seems to be its capability to induce apoptosis in cancer cells. Ohio State University scientists have clearly identified that apigenin, one of its main chemicals, can inhibit the lifespan and spread of breast cancer cells. Apigenin actually helps to fix flaws in molecules carrying genetic information which, as we know, are responsible for more or less 80% of all cancers. The researchers noticed that apigenin unites with approximately 160 proteins in the human body. By comparison, most pharmaceutical drugs only focus on single molecules. One of the scientists, Mr. Doseff, used fishing as an analogy to explain the process by which affected proteins are lured in by binding to apigenin that is then able to work its magic. The scientists also believe that apigenin's numerous cellular targets may very well provide an array of other unsuspected benefits that are unrelated to its cancer-fighting abilities.

Based on the findings of a Japanese research team, German chamomile extracts seems to induce apoptosis in cancerous cells. The anticancer effects of bisabolol oxide (BSBO), one of its main components, were analyzed when used on rat thymocytes. It turns out that cancerous cells started shrinking and dying within the first 24 hours of incubation. The results also led the scientists to believe that BSBO is safe when consumed through normal doses of German chamomile.

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About the author:
After spending several years working in property management and being a web consultant for PS Communications, P. Simard is now focusing on being a naturopath in Quebec.
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