A Chinese friend recommended Chrysanthemum tea as an old Chinese prostate cancer preventive. So I bought a bag of dried Chrysanthemums from a Chinese herbalist here in Seattle. If you try this, you'll probably need to add sweetener.
"Don't eat the Daisies?" Maybe so, maybe not.....
I'm not certain about
the concentrations or the benefits versus risk, but I understand that pyrethrins are neuro-toxins derived from chrysanthemums used as "organic based" insecticide.
That being said, (as a Fresh Produce Manager that sells $7 million U.S. every year from my shop and always loves these discussions of diet) I sell edible flowers that in season include baby chrysanthemums. I personally don't eat the daisy mums.....
I do opt for daily Flax (cold milled seeds and/or cold-pressed oil) as a cheap source of omega three and weigh its researched suggested risk against the increasing mercury levels in cold-water fish (which I also still carefully shop for and consume..... just not daily - $$$
(Confession: I also occasionally use butter.....)
I was reading an article yesterday about
the AMAZING wonders of the presence of Folic Acid and these four molecules it offers to DNA
- and reminded myself that Folic Acid also encourages cancer growth.
Just noting again that the "current" research suggests cancer patients that do NOT have any chance of getting pregnant
(most of us guys I think.....) might best skip daily doses of folic acid supplements.
I am still a believer in up to a 2000mg daily supplement of vitamin D (including all sources).
It helps fix calcium and research suggests it's presence interrupts cancer activity.
Thanks to all for their input on this topic of concern to everyone.CCedar