Moringa oleifera: Herbal Superfood Treatment for Cancer
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Moringa is a superfood that’s loaded with tons of valuable nutrients. It’s widely known for its curative abilities in Mexico where nearly every health food store offers Moringa capsules and juices to customers. Powdered Moringa seeds can be used to purify drinking water because it contains a positively charged protein that’s antimicrobial. This protein fuses itself to the membranes of pathogenic cells while the other nutrients in the plant work to hyper-nourish ailing bodies.
Moringa is a plant that’s famous for its nutritional and medicinal properties. It is known by the names benzolive, drumstick tree, horseradish tree, kelor, mlonge, marango, moonga, mulangay, nébéday, saijhan, sahjna, or the Ben oil tree. One of the most common uses of moringa in the West involves the use of powdered seeds to purify drinking water and some scientists are looking at the moringa plant to isolate a cationic (positively charged) protein to purify water in developing countries. This cationic protein is antimicrobial and it works by fusing to the membranes of pathogenic cells .
In developing countries, moringa has been used to prevent malnutrition because of its superb nutritional profile. Organizations like Trees for Life and Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization and Church World Service have advocated for the use of moringa to prevent malnutrition . Moringa’s high mineral and vitamin content along with the amino acids it contains can help cancer patients avoid weight loss and corresponding immune problems that arise from being undernourished.
Moringa grows naturally in India, but it’s cultivated in tropical and subtropical regions of the world . Moringa can be used to treat the following diseases:
There are 13 different species of moringa, but M. oleifera is the one that’s most commonly cultivated. M. oleifera is a small, fast-growing tree, but the other moringa species range in size from tiny to gigantic trees .
Moringa has gotten the attention of pharmaceutical industries who are trying to isolate molecular compounds from the plant, mostly like to create synthetic versions for use in the creation of new chemotherapy agents .
Safety and Effectiveness
Moringa contains high levels of various important nutrients including:
- Iron (three times the amount found in spinach)
- Calcium (four times the amount found in a glass of milk)
- Vitamin A (four times the amount found in carrots)
- Vitamin B
- Vitamin C (seven times the amount found in oranges)
- Potassium (three times the amount found in a banana)
- Protein/Amino acids (two times the amount of protein found in plain yogurt)
- Antioxidants 
Every part of the moringa tree can be used to promote health in humans. In India and Mexico, it is especially famous as an anti-cancer medicine as well as an anti-inflammatory. Research has shown that moringa can prevent cancer and induce apoptosis. Some research has shown that moringa’s cancer-fighting abilities come from the high levels of glucosinolate that it contains. Other studies have shown that benzyl isothiocyanate induces apoptosis in cancer cells via specific molecular pathways. Glucosinolate is the molecule that gives cruciferous vegetables their pungent flavor. Benzyl isothiocyanate is a molecule found in the mustard family. Moringa appears to slow the development of cancer via several different molecular mechanisms. This plant detoxifies, reduces inflammation, reduces cancer cell proliferation, induces apoptosis, and inhibits the development of a blood supply to cancerous tumors (angiogenesis). The moringa seed essential oil also has anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal properties .
How Moringa Is Administered
Moringa is generally taken by mouth but it can also be applied topically to the skin. Cancer patients can consume this herb in a variety of ways. It can be eaten fresh, cooked, crushed, or stored as a dried powder. It can be added to fruit smoothies or used in recipes as a replacement for spinach. Moringa essential oil is derived from the seeds. When applied topically as an essential oil, research has shown that the concentration of the oil plays an important role in the potency of moringa’s cancer fighting abilities .
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