Anti-Cancer Benefits of Moringa Oleifera

The Moringa Oleifera tree has become known as the “miracle tree” thanks to the numerous benefits that it offers and the fact that the whole tree can be used in a variety of ways. Modern medicine has only recently begun studying the medicinal powers of Moringa Oleifera while the plant has been used as a traditional therapy for many ailments for thousands of years beginning with ancient Ayurvedic medicine in India.

One of the most promising ways that the tree’s seeds and leaves can be used is in the treatment and prevention of cancer cells. Scientists have found that Moringa Oleifera contains properties that aid in reducing inflammation and reducing the occurrence of cancers in the ovaries, breast, and skin. Moringa Oleifera has also been found to be effective against cancers of the pancreas, lung, colon, liver and esophagus. A team of Indian researchers found that Moringa Oleifera can be a very effective treatment for ovarian cancer since the roots quickly work to target bad cells and retard the growth of affected cells, helping to minimize the chances of the cancer spreading or recurring. In fact, it has been determined that Moringa Oleifera contains nineteen different effects that prevent cancer and ten anti-tumor effects.

As stated on the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center website, under Herbs, Botanicals, and Other Products, within their Integrative Medicine section, “In vitro and animal studies indicate that the leaf, seed, and root extracts of Moringa Oleifera have anticancer, hepatoprotective, hypoglycemic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, and antisickling effects. They may also protect against Alzheimer’s disease, stomach ulcers, help lower cholesterol levels, and promote wound healing.”

Moringa Oleifera’s extremely high nutritional content, which has made the plant very popular in parts of the world struggling with malnutrition, helps cancer patients stay strong for their fight thanks to the vitamins, minerals, and amino acids that it provides. Moringa Oleifera also contains forty antioxidant compounds that help the body to rid itself of free radicals, substances which have been shown to cause cancer. One compound in particular, niazimicin, has been shown to actively restrain the growth of cancer cells. Moringa Oleifera also contains the chemical benzyl isothiocyanate which increases the strength of cells; critical for cancer patients that require chemotherapy as part of their treatment.

Although further research is needed, studies have shown that a natural medicinal like Moringa Oleifera can play a very important part of a comprehensive treatment plan for patients fighting to beat this terrible disease. Even though tests using animals have yielded positive results, researchers believe that further rigorous study is required before we’ll know if this natural resource can work consistently in humans. Always consult with your physician to discuss your treatment options before using Moringa Oleifera.

Oncologists are hopeful that with the increased focus of researchers studying Moringa Oleifera, perhaps they will uncover the most effective combination of natural and pharmaceutical therapies. If this is the case, thousands of lives may be saved. Perhaps Moringa Oleifera truly is a “miracle tree”!

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