1. Chamomile tea benefits turn off cancer cells

    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!

  2. The everyday pill that'll wreck your vision

    An aspirin a day won't do much for your heart, but it can do plenty for your eyes -- and not in a good way.

    The latest research finds that the painkiller-a-day advice pushed by decades of TV commercials -- not to mention docs across the country -- could double your risk of battling the leading cause of blindness in seniors.

    Dutch researchers looked at data on some 4,700 seniors across Europe and found that 4 percent of daily aspirin users suffered late-stage wet advanced macular degeneration, versus 2 percent of those who didn't take the pills.

    The researchers didn't find a link to the dry form of the disease or the earlier stages of it -- but I don't think the 1.6 million American seniors losing their vision to AMD care much: If cutting down on aspirin is a way to avoid the worst of the worst, then be sure to cut down on the aspirin.

    But that's not the advice you'll get from the mainstream. In fact, the researchers behind the study claim the risk of vision loss is perfectly fine next to the supposed benefits of daily aspirin.

    "A healthy eye with full visual capacities is of no use in a dead body," one of the researchers told Reuters.

    Just one little problem here: The idea that aspirin saves lives is a lot of made-for-TV-commercials marketing hype -- not a scientific reality.

    One study I told you about last year looked at 3,350 men and women at high risk of heart disease who were given either a placebo or a daily aspirin, and found absolutely no difference in the rate of heart attacks, stroke, angina or even revascularization surgery.

    Another study, a review of six other studies, found only a tiny reduction in heart attacks among patients taking aspirin for primary prevention -- but a huge leap in the number of side effects such as serious internal bleeding issues.

    If vision loss, internal bleeding and ulcers aren't enough risk, one study even found that daily aspirin use could cause you to lose one of your other senses, too: Researchers say men between the ages of 45 and 50 who take daily aspirin have a higher risk of hearing loss.

    Aspirin has also been linked to tiny "microbleeds" in the brain, tinnitus, allergic reactions, erection problems and more -- but that doesn't mean you can't lower your risk of a heart attack with a single pill every day.

    Just make sure that pill contains fish oil instead of painkillers.

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