Could Daffodils help us cure cancer?

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Could Daffodils help us cure cancer? It may sound like a fairy tale, but according to researchers from the RNA Molecular Biology Laboratory, a scientific link exists between cancer and an extract from the flower.

Researchers have been able to extract a natural anti-cancer compound from the Daffodils called “haemanthamine.” They observed that this compound blocked the production of a protein which is essential for the growth of cancer cells.

This compound hinders the production which will trigger the stabilization of the protein and lead to the elimination of cancer cells.

“Effects on protein synthesis, ribosome biogenesis, and stabilization would all contribute to preferential killing of cancer cells,” the study added.

The research was led by Denis Lafontaine, who is a professor at the University of Brussels (ULB) and a research director with the Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research.

This is the first study to provide a molecular explanation to the anti-tumoral activity of daffodils. The yellow flower, which is a symbol for numerous cancer charities, has been in use for centuries as a natural medicine and remedy.

Many countries such as the United States, Canada, Ireland, and Australia have organized their own campaigns under the name of ‘Daffodil Day’ where people donate, volunteer and wear pins to raise awareness about cancer.

However, studies have also indicated dangerous side effects due to a lack of complete knowledge of daffodils. Chewing on the stem could cause complications such as rashes, shivering, and could lead to fainting, more extreme reactions are said to include brain disorders or lung collapse.

The main target in the future will be to identify the most promising chemical backbone which will be developed as a lead compound in cancer therapeutics and discovering more about how the Daffodils can help cure cancer.

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