Chamomile compound fights cancer

There's nothing quite like a piping hot cup of tea at the end of a long and hectic day -- and if that tea happens to be chamomile, you're not just getting a warm mug of liquid relaxation.

You're getting a ton of chamomile tea benefits and a powerful ally in the fight against cancer.

Cancer cells have what's considered a superpower, at least on a cellular level: They just don't die the way other cells do. They live much longer, allowing tumors to grow, and cancers to spread.

Well, it's time for that superpower to meet its kryptonite -- a natural substance called apigenin that's found in abundance in chamomile. In a series of experiments on breast cancer cells, apigenin was able to correct the defect that gives cancer cells their super longevity.

Once corrected, the cells died like normal cells, according to the study of apigenin and chamomile tea benefits in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Out in the real world, cancer cells that live and die like normal cells are easy to defeat. And in some cases, they might not have the chance to form a tumor at all -- which is why this discovery could pave the way for a natural treatment that could work alongside current therapies or even fight the disease on its own.

And since up to 80 percent of all cancers survive and grow thanks to this same "superpower," the benefits almost certainly won't be limited to the breast cancer cells used in the new study.

I'll keep you posted on this as the research continues to unfold. But in the meantime, you may be able to get the bulk of the chamomile tea benefits right now just by drinking a cup or two each day.

As I wrote in my book The Natural Physician's Healing Therapies, there are two forms of chamomile used medicinally, German and Roman. I prefer German because it's less likely to be contaminated with pesticides and other chemicals.

I find it works best when you brew it fresh, but it's also available in other forms -- including capsules, tinctures, skin creams, and more. And along with protecting you from cancer, chamomile tea benefits can also fight infection, stress, ulcers, and stomach problems such as irritable bowels, cramps, and flatulence.

But if you're just looking for a source of cancer-fighting apigenin and chamomile isn't your cup of tea, you can also find it in celery and parsley.

I've got more on tea -- this time, the green variety. Keep reading!