Moringa and Cancer
Laura     December 22, 2017

Being diagnosed with Cancer is definitely one of the things that people hope not to experience in his or her life. Prevention is always the best cure that is why it is necessary for one to maintain a lifestyle and follow health habits that would prevent the onset of this fatal disease.

Throughout history, Moringa has been used as a medicine for a variety of cultures and civilizations that existed in the same area that the plant grew, including ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans. Here is no doubt about the unmatched properties of Moringa in terms of its nutritional benefits. This is also true about the high concentration of proven active antioxidants.

Not only is Moringa highly nutritious, but is also regularly used to make medicine, especially for anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor growth. The Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention in 2003 did a study in which researchers investigated skin tumor prevention following ingestion of Moringa seedpod extracts in mice. Results showed a dramatic reduction in skin papillomas and suggested that Moringa has possible cancer preventing properties. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12875626


Research also suggests the Moringa tree has shown potential to reduce the following symptoms common in cancer patients:
● Cough
● Chest congestion
● Diarrhea
● Difficulty breathing
● Fever
● Joint pain
● Headaches
● Respiratory complications
● Skin irritations
● Sore throat
● Weight loss
A new study published in the journal Oncology Letters has followed up on previous research that demonstrated the therapeutic potential of water-soluble extracts of Moringa leaf in treating various types of cancers, such as lung, breast, esophagus, liver and skin cancers. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12875626
In this latest study, a team of Korean researchers examined how water-soluble extracts of Moringa leaf affect the viability (ability to live) of human liver and lung cancer cells. The researchers began their study by testing several doses of a Moringa leaf extract on human liver cancer cells. They moved on to treating these cancer cells with the Moringa extract and saw a dose-dependent response in cancer cell death, with 96.7% of the cells showing evidence of cell death at the highest dose (400μ/ml).

The liver and lung cancer cells, showed a reduced viability and this coincided with what was observed in the cell culture experiment. In simpler words, the orally administered Moringa leaf extract showed the ability to successfully inhibit and prevent cancer cell spreading and multiplication in a living organism. Moreover, the in experiment examining the liver cell, the Moringa extract was seen to be more effective than doxorubicin, a common chemotherapy drug.

The results of this study bode well for Moringa as a potential treatment for various types of cancer. Naturally, alternative treatments to chemotherapy, that are highly potent and low in toxicity, are welcomed with open arms. The study that utilized water-soluble Moringa plants opens the door for treatment of cancer from the comfort of one’s own home and the prevention of all the negative side effects that come with conventional chemotherapy treatments.

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