Component in Chamomile Tea May Help Fight Mesothelioma

Researchers at the University of Rome believe that a component found in chamomile tea could help improve the odds of surviving malignant mesothelioma. Chamomile tea consists of a plant pigment called apigenin, which has the potential to be used in new mesothelioma treatments.

The Study

In a lab, researchers applied apigenin to mesothelioma cells to see the effect that it had on their functions.

Researchers analyzed some of the following effects:

  • Cell proliferation
  • Cell cycle regulation
  • Cell death
  • Cell destruction

Lastly, the researchers studied the impact that apigenin had on mesothelioma tumors in living mice. They were quick to discover that the apigenin treatment reduced the risk of tumor growth and increased the median survival rate.

Benefits of Apigenin

Apigenin is considered an anticancer compound. It is a plant component that many researchers continue to investigate for its potential use in treating several types of cancers, including mesothelioma.

Researchers believe that apigenin has the following properties

  • Antioxidant
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-stress

Patients can get the benefits associated with apigenin by having diets that are rich in fruits and vegetables.

You can find apigenin in:

  • Chamomile tea
  • Oranges
  • Grapefruits
  • Onions

You can also find apigenin in certain spices such as oregano, parsley, tarragon, basil, and cilantro. Apigenin has the ability to reduce anxiety and if enough of it is consumed, it can even cause sedation.

2 Chamomile Tea Recipes

You can purchase organic chamomile tea bags of your favorite brand at your local retailer. However, here are two recipes that help you to make your own chamomile tea.

  • 1

    Homemade Chamomile Tea


Ingredients:
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh chamomile flowers
  • 2 cups of boiling water
  • 2 thin slices of apples
  • Optional: add honey, lemon or mint to taste

Steps:

  • Rinse chamomile flowers with cool water
  • Heat water until it boils
  • Add the apple slices and mash them
  • Add all of the chamomile flowers
  • Cover and let steep for 3 to 5 minutes
  • Strain the tea into your drinking glass

At this point, you can add honey, lemon or mint to your tea. This recipe will allow you to make 2 cups.

If you aren’t a tea drinker, do not fear, here is a solution. This recipe allows you to get the benefits associated with chamomile tea but in the form of a popsicle.

  • 2

    Chamomile Tea Popsicles

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups of water
  • ⅓ cup of honey
  • 4 tea bags of chamomile tea or ¼ cup and 1 tablespoon of fresh chamomile flowers

Steps:

  • Bring water to a boil in a pan
  • Add in honey and chamomile tea bag or fresh chamomile flowers
  • Let the ingredients steep for 10 minutes
  • If using fresh chamomile flowers, strain your tea
  • Pour tea into popsicle molds, but leave about ⅛” room at the top of each mold
  • Make sure the top of your popsicle mold is dry before you put it in your freezer
  • Let popsicles freeze overnight or for at least 8 hours

You can store your popsicles in a lidded container, freezer bag, or you can simply help yourself to them directly from your popsicle mold. Your popsicles will have a freezer life of about a week.

Some researchers believe that drinking tea may help a patient during treatment. However, some evidence suggests that it may weaken or intensify the effects of chemotherapy. It is always best to speak with your doctor about any kind of herbal supplement that you are taking.

Nicole Godfrey :Nicole Godfrey is the Senior Content Writer for Mesothelioma Guide. She writes and edits pages to make sure that mesothelioma patients and their families receive the most current and significant information about mesothelioma.