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a.k.a. “Job’s tears”. Broad-leaved, branched grass. It is native to China, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, & Malaysia. Considered a nutritious health food in Asian countries. The seeds of Job’s tears are tear-shaped and come in several colors including yellow, brown, white, & purple. The root and seed of the plant is used in medicine. People take Job’s tears for hay fever, high cholesterol, cancer, warts, arthritis, obesity, and respiratory tract infections. It is also used to treat a disease called toxoplasmosis that is caused by a parasite.
How does it work?
Job’s tears contains chemicals that might interfere with cancer cell growth. Other chemicals might also have antioxidant effects and might also decrease growth of bacteria and parasites. But most research on Job’s tears is in animals and test tubes. There isn’t enough information to know if Job’s tears works the same way in people.