February 08, 2014

Moringa for Ovarian and Breast Cancer

Preventing cancer starts with lowering the risk of getting cancer in the first place. Plenty of exercise and a healthy diet go without saying, as does avoiding harmful habits such as smoking.
Dubbed the "miracle tree" by many, Moringa contains high amounts of protein, all eight essential amino acids, a full spectrum of vitamins and minerals, and a plethora of phytonutrients and other powerful disease-fighting antioxidants.

Ovarian cancer is a life-threatening disease that can be difficult to detect in the early stages and is often mistaken for other illnesses.  Early detection and treatment are crucial in improving survival rates for women diagnosed with the illness. Over ninety percent of all cases of ovarian cancer are classified as epithelial ovarian cancers; this indicates that they originate on the surface of the ovary, rather than forming inside the reproductive organs. 

A study published indicates that Moringa oleifera supplements may serve a valuable purpose in combating epithelial ovarian cancer cells while minimizing the negative effects commonly experienced by patients undergoing other types of chemical treatments for the disease. Moringa leaves and roots contain significant quantities of substances known as isothiocyanates and glucosinolates, both of which show promise in fighting ovarian cancer in the laboratory. Both of these chemical compounds are capable of causing apoptosis in cancer cells, a process that induces the natural death of these cells before they can reproduce themselves inside the body. Additionally, Moringa supplements may help to level out hormonal disturbances that are sometimes linked to increased risk of ovarian cancer, making these supplements a solid choice for women who may be predisposed to develop ovarian cancer due to genetic or environmental factors. 

One more study carried out indicated that Moringa had a chance upon a possible herbal remedy for ovarian and breast cancer. During a study on the effects of Moringa roots on infertility, the scientists found that it was blocking the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) of the ovary. The latter has two receptors - a hormonal one and the EGFR. The alkaloids of the roots were injected into some cancerous cells, they were killed. In fact, it acted like target therapy. The alkaloids could block the EGFR and retard the affected cells quite effectively. It's an encouraging sign because if the EGFR is successfully blocked, ovarian cancer will be rooted out in the genetic level and won't recur.

The roots, however, will have to be used in tandem with chemotherapy. While the alkaloids of Moringa will block the gene, chemotherapy is needed to destroy the already affected cells. This is like a twin attack on cancer. It should work effectively for both ovarian and breast cancers.
While testing is still required to ascertain the extent to which Moringa extracts and supplements can be used in the treatment of this deadly disease, the Moringa plant may offer new hope and increased protection for women against epithelial ovarian cancer.

Source: TOI

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