Lung cancer is the leading cause of death in both men and women in the United States and all around the world. As a matter of fact, more people die from lung cancer than pancreatic, colon, and breast cancer combined.
There are two types of lung cancer and both of them grow and spread differently. The first type is the SCLC or lung cancers and the second is NSCLC or non-small cell lung cancers. It is estimated that 70-80 percent of lung cancer develops from non-small cell lung cancer, where malignant cells develop in the tissue of the lungs.
Cigarette smoking is the major risk factor for development of lung cancer, but passive exposure to tobacco smoke (secondhand smoking) as well as diesel exhaust and pollution are also known to increase the likelihood of this disease.
Lung cancer is still pretty much mysterious to the medical field as there are hardly any methods have the potential to defeat the disease entirely.
Unfortunately, the prognosis of lung cancer is very poor as doctors typically fail to determine the disease until it reaches an advanced stage. A 5-year survival for early stage lung cancer which is localized in the lungs is about 54 percent, but only 4 percent in advanced lung cancer.
Currently, the treatment of lung cancer includes a combination of chemotherapy, surgery, targeted therapy, radiation therapy, immunotherapy, and some experimental techniques.
As unbelievable as it seems, it has been recently found that there is a green herb in your kitchen that may have the potential to combat this disease successfully. A recent study has found that parsley has the ability to help lung cancer patients. Apigenin, one of its major components, is capable of killing up to 86 percent of cancer cells!
This compound can be also found in onion, celery, oregano, artichoke, coriander, red wine, chamomile, and tea, but parsley is the most recommended for this particular purpose as apigenin in parsley is the most concentrated.
This herb offers a wide array of additional health benefits as well, such as boosting immunity due to its vitamin C content, aiding in bone health due to its vitamin K content, protecting the body against free-radical damage, promoting healthy kidney function, relieving joint pain due to its potent anti-inflammatory properties, promoting healthy digestion, giving an iron boost and helping those suffering from anemia, inhibiting tumor growth, and many more.
Parsley is quite versatile and it can be easily incorporated in your daily diet. You can add it to soups, green smoothies, green juices, vegetable dishes, and salads. You can also toss it into pasta salad, mix it up with pesto, spice up your rice, make chimichurri, and more.
To get the most of parsley`s cancer-fighting properties, it is recommended to make it into tea. This allows you to reap the most benefits in a highly concentrated and absorbable form.
Parsley Tea Recipe
- ½ oz root of parsley
- ¾ – 1 cup boiling water
- Chop the parsley into small pieces
- Pour the boiling water over the diced parsley
- Boil for a few minutes
- Allow it to cool for 15 minutes
- Strain the liquid
For optimal results, drink three cups of the parsley tea daily.