This is news to me… Have any of you heard of the moringa tree?

Here is an excerpt from Fleur Hupston’s article, Prevent and Fight Cancer through Correct Nutrition,  I found on yesterday:

The Moringa Tree and the Fight Against Cancer

Consider planting a moringa tree for its nutritional value and potential to fight cancer, especially if you live in a dry, arid area.

Dubbed the “miracle tree” by many, it is said that its cooked leaves have an estimated 17 times the calcium of milk, 10 times the vitamin A of carrots, 15 times the potassium of bananas, 25 times the iron of spinach and 4 times the protein of eggs. In addition to the leaves, the seed pods (drumstick) and other parts of the tree can be eaten as part of a tasty, nutritious dish.

The moringa tree has long been recognized by traditional healers as valuable in the treatment of tumors. Although the scientific research into the effects of the moringa tree on cancer has been limited, there appears to be some evidence in support of the traditional healers’ faith in the moringa tree. For example, the journal Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention reported that a dramatic reduction in skin papillomas was demonstrated in a mouse after ingesting a moringa seedpod.

The journal, Planta Medica, which is considered to be one of the leading international journals in the field of medicinal plants and natural products, documented results that shows that niazimicin, a phytochemical found in the Moringa tree, inhibited tumor promotion in a mouse two-stage DMBA-TPA tumor model.

Can the moringa tree prevent cancer in humans? According to researcher Jed W. Fahey, “Neither the prevention of cancer nor the modification of relevant biomarkers of the protected state has been adequately demonstrated in human subjects”. However, when commenting on whether the Moringa tree could prevent cancer, he had this to say: “Does this mean that it doesn’t work? No. It may well work, but more rigorous study is required in order to achieve a level of proof required for full biomedical endorsement of Moringa as, in this case, a cancer preventative plant”…

Here is a link back to the article.  I don’t know enough about the moringa tree to have an opinion.  I do concur with the author’s closing statement:

“Will the big drug companies invest money researching a tree that can grow like a weed in your back garden? Hardly! If the claims about the Moringa tree’s ability to treat or prevent cancer are true, it could put them out of business.”

Hard to argue with that.  Feel good and keep smiling!  Pat

3 thoughts on “The Moringa Tree: Another Mysterious Anti-Cancer Compound?

  1. I have heard rumored that big Pharma have tried for 50+ years to synthesize what Moringa has to offer. The problem they run into is the plant works as a whole and as such individual aspects of it have diminished to no effect.

    1. Interesting! So should be be eating parts of the tree instead? Must be ways it can be prepared to be tolerable; in smoothies blended-up, sprinkled on food. I don’t know much about it…

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