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Moringa Oleifera and Cancer

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Moringa oleifera is a multi-purpose plant native to India (other species are native to parts of Africa and Asia), cultivated in the tropics where it is often simply called "Moringa". The African species Moringa stenopetala (also called the cabbage-tree) is also widely cultivated and consumed, though less popular than Moringa oleifera. 

Although the plant is new in the United States, Moringa is famous in Cambodia and Philippines where the inhabitants use the leaves and flowers in Khmer cuisine to prepare different types of dishes such as samlokkaur (សម្លកកូរ) and noodles (នំបញ្ចុក). During periods of scarcity, along with amaranth, moringa is also an ideal plant for people in certain countries to survive the fact is rich in protein and other important nutrients.  

 

Moringa is a "superfood". It is rich in nutritive elements: about 92 different nutrients, 46 antioxidants, 36 Anti-Inflammatory effects, 18 amino acids, (including 9 essential amino acids), as well as minerals such as potassium, Iron, calcium, copper, manganese, and magnesium. The leaf powder of the plant contains more than 8 times more protein than yogurt. 

 

Moringa and Cancer 

 

You can find many claims on the internet about: “moringa and breast cancer”, “moringa and prostate cancer”, “moringa and colon cancer”, “moringa and lung cancer”, and others. The truth the plant has anticancer properties, although there is exaggeration on the internet.  

 

According to the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, both in vitro and animal studies show that the moringa extract contain anticancer properties. A recent study was conducted in the Research Center, Prince Sultan Military Medical City, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by a group of researchers: Al-Asmari AK, Albalawi SM, Athar MT, Khan AQ, Al-Shahrani H, Islam M. the results were very encouraging. 

 

During the research, the scientists investigated the anti-cancer effect of Moringa oleifera leaves, bark and seed extracts. “The extracts of leaves and bark showed remarkable anti-cancer properties while surprisingly, seed extracts exhibited hardly any such properties. Malignant cell survival was significantly low in both cells lines when treated with leaves and bark extracts. Furthermore, a striking reduction (about 70-90%) in colony formation as well as cell motility was observed upon treatment with leaves and bark.” 

 

What about this claim: “moringa and breast cancer treatment”? Further investigation revealed a remarkable increase in the death of breast cancer and colorectal cancer cells indeed. The study of these extracts demonstrated numerous known anti-cancer compounds in moringa leaves and bark: eugenol, isopropyl isothiocynate, D-allose, and hexadeconoic acid ethyl ester; all of which possess long chain hydrocarbons, sugar moiety and an aromatic ring.  

 

In spite of clinical study needs to accurately confirm these theories, the researchers believe their finding will help the pharmaceutical companies develop new anticancer medications to better treat breast, colorectal cancers, and others, using moringa. 

 

Other Medicinal Applications 

There are no major studies yet to confirm these claims, but in Philippines, Cambodia, and some parts of the world, Moringa is known to: 

  • Increase energy levels
  • Improve digestion
  • Enhance immunity
  • Improve mood
  • Fight insomnia 
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Protect the lining of the stomach
  • Treat stomach ulcers
  • Fight against different types of cancer
  • Provide vitamin E and A.

Moringa oleifera is a multi-purpose plant native to India (other species are native to parts of Africa and Asia), cultivated in the tropics where it is often simply called "Moringa". The African species Moringa stenopetala (also called the cabbage-tree) is also widely cultivated and consumed, though less popular than Moringa oleifera.

Although the plant is new in the United States, Moringa is famous in Cambodia and Philippines where the inhabitants use the leaves and flowers in Khmer cuisine to prepare different types of dishes such as
samlokkaur (សម្លកកូរ) and noodles (នំបញ្ចុក
). During periods of scarcity, along with amaranth, moringa is also an ideal plant for people in certain countries to survive the fact is rich in protein and other important nutrients.  

Moringa is a "superfood". It is rich in nutritive elements: about 92 different nutrients, 46 antioxidants, 36 Anti-Inflammatory effects, 18 amino acids, (including 9 essential amino acids), as well as minerals such as potassium, Iron, calcium, copper, manganese, and magnesium. The leaf powder of the plant contains more than 8 times more protein than yogurt.

Moringa and Cancer

You can find many claims on the internet about: “moringa and breast cancer”, “moringa and prostate cancer”, “moringa and colon cancer”, “moringa and lung cancer”, and others. The truth the plant has anticancer properties, although there is exaggeration on the internet.

According to the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, both in vitro and animal studies show that the moringa extract contain anticancer properties. A recent study was conducted in the Research Center, Prince Sultan Military Medical City, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by a group of researchers: Al-Asmari AK, Albalawi SM, Athar MT, Khan AQ, Al-Shahrani H, Islam M. the results were very encouraging.

During the research, the scientists investigated the anti-cancer effect of Moringa oleifera leaves, bark and seed extracts. “The extracts of leaves and bark showed remarkable anti-cancer properties while surprisingly, seed extracts exhibited hardly any such properties. Malignant cell survival was significantly low in both cells lines when treated with leaves and bark extracts. Furthermore, a striking reduction (about 70-90%) in colony formation as well as cell motility was observed upon treatment with leaves and bark.”

What about this claim: “moringa and breast cancer treatment”? Further investigation revealed a remarkable increase in the death of breast cancer and colorectal cancer cells indeed. The study of these extracts demonstrated numerous known anti-cancer compounds in moringa leaves and bark: eugenol, isopropyl isothiocynate, D-allose, and hexadeconoic acid ethyl ester; all of which possess long chain hydrocarbons, sugar moiety and an aromatic ring.

In spite of clinical study needs to accurately confirm these theories, the researchers believe their finding will help the pharmaceutical companies develop new anticancer medications to better treat breast, colorectal cancers, and others, using moringa.

Other Medicinal Applications 

There are no major studies yet to confirm these claims, but in Philippines, Cambodia, and some parts of the world, Moringa is known to:

  • Increaseenergy levels
  • Improvedigestion
  • Enhance immunity
  • Improvemood
  • Fight insomnia
  • Lower bloodpressure
  • Protectthe lining of thestomach
  • Treatstomach ulcers
  • Fightagainst different types of cancer
  • Providevitamin Eand A.