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Feb122015

Moringa as possible cancer treatment?

As a follow-up to the moringa study SFA released on Monday, it is interesting to read what the world-renowned Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center has to say about moringa: 

"Products derived from the herb are used to treat a variety of conditions, including asthma, diabetes, ulcers, infections and cancer."

Click here or on the image above for the Center's moringa page. If you are re-directed to a disclaimer page, scroll down and click on "I accept all of the above terms..." to arrive at the moringa page.  

Here is a more complete excerpt from that page:

Clinical Summary

Moringa oleifera (MO) is an edible plant that is native to Asia and Africa but is cultivated around the world. The leaves and the seed pods are nutritious and widely consumed as food; the bark and the root are thought to have medicinal properties and are used in folk remedies. Products derived from the herb are used to treat a variety of conditions, including asthma, diabetes, ulcers, infections and cancer. Extracts from from the plant are used in primitive water filtration systems to remove harmful pollutants and algae. 

In vitro and animal studies indicate that the leaf, seed, and root extracts of MO 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. In addition, MO extract has demonstrated antifertility effects. Only a few studies of inadequate design and/or small number have been conducted in humans. In one of these studies, MO did exhibit a positive but small effect on lipid profiles.

While research is still underway, the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center information would suggest the term "miracle tree" might have a broader definition than originally considered. To this end it is worth scrolling down on the Center's moringa page to check out the 40 medical research papers and articles listed under "Resources."

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