December 4, 2017

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Hearing “you have cancer” from your doctor is something no one wants to experience at any point in life. But shockingly, the National Cancer Institute says that

Approximately 39.6% of men and women will be diagnosed with cancer at some point during their lifetimes (1).

Those are some very, very scary odds.

  • Cancer is among the leading causes of death worldwide. In 2012, there were 14 million new cases and 8.2 million cancer-related deaths worldwide.
  • The most common cancers in 2016 are projected to be breast cancer, lung and bronchus cancer, prostate cancer, colon and rectum cancer, bladder cancer, melanoma of the skin, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, thyroid cancer, kidney and renal pelvis cancer, leukemia, endometrial cancer, and pancreatic cancer.

Source: https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/understanding/statistics

As we learn more about cancer, we are empowered to use more of the tools which nature has created for us to help battle this terrible disease. The fight against cancer exists on many fronts, encompassing both prevention and treatment methods.

In the past we have put all of our faith in pharmaceutical drugs, however, these are not the only weapons we have at our disposal to do battle with cancer. Moringa Oleifera is a plant which is known to have many medicinal properties. It is becoming very clear that this natural resource is a helpful ally in a comprehensive treatment of cancer.

In traditional medicine, healers have claimed the leaves of the moringa tree can inhibit tumor growth, maintain prostate health, and contribute to cancer prevention and therapy, including protection against the injurious effects of radiation.

Although moringa is being cultivated on a large scale throughout Asia, Africa, the Caribbeans and Central America, moringa is still cultivated most in it’s native country of India. The cancer-fighting benefits or moringa should be obvious just from looking at the cancer rates of these countries. For example, both the United States and Canada have a cancer rate that is three times higher than India! (18)

With the recent interest in exploring the anti-cancer potential of natural products, numerous studies have taken place that determines the overall effectiveness of Moringa oleifera in preventing and addressing certain types of cancer. (2)

Moringa has been shown in studies to have an anti-tumor capacity.

Findings suggest that leaf extract from Moringa oleifera has a strong effect on halting the proliferation of human cancer cells and inducing cell death. And as chemotherapy induces severe adverse side effects, naturally occurring anticancer compounds from plants that are minimally toxic and highly potent can be valuable to chemotherapy and chemoprevention. Thus, moringa leaves have potential for and can be integrated as a therapeutic target for cancer (Sreelatha 2011). (3)

(Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21385597)


Research has found Moringa Oleifera effective against the following types of cancer cells:

 Breast and Colorectal Cancer 

The leaves, bark and seed extracts of Moringa oleifera were investigated in the breast (MDA-MB-231) and colorectal cancer lines (HCT-8).2 When tested against those cancer cell lines, the extracts of Moringa leaves and bark showed remarkable anticancer properties while surprisingly, seed extracts exhibited hardly any such properties. Cell survival was significantly low in both cells lines when treated with leaves and bark extracts. (4)

(Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4545797/)

Also in another study Moringa oleifera seed has an antiproliferative effect on breast cancer cell. (5)

(Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5446454/)

 Lung and Esophagus Cancer 

In 2016, an article published in the Journal of Cellular Biochemistry investigated an innovative use for Moringa extract in combination with gold nanoparticles.3 The study found that Moringa leaf extract promoted apoptosis (again, cell death) of esophagus and lung cancer cells, and was completely non-toxic. (6)

Another study investigated the antiproliferative effect of Moringa leaf extract on esophagus cancer cells.4 ‘Antiproliferative’ substances help treat cancer by halting the multiplication of cancer cells. The study concluded that the leaf extract is, indeed, antiproliferative and that it works by increasing lipid peroxidation, DNA fragmentation, and induction of apoptosis. (7)

(Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27074620)

 Lung and Liver Cancer 

In a 2015 study, the anticancer activity of Moringa leaf extract was investigated in human hepatocellular carcinoma.1 The results demonstrated that Moringa oleifera induced apoptosis (death) of the cancerous cells and concluded that the extract could be used as a potential oral therapeutic for the treatment of liver cancer. (8)

It was demonstrated that M. oleifera leaf extracts induce the apoptosis of liver cancer cells. In the hollow fiber assay, oral administration of the leaf extracts significantly reduced (44-52%) the proliferation of the liver cancer cells and non-small cell lung cancer cells. (9)

(Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4533244/#b21-ol-0-0-3482)

 Colon Cancer 

In a rat model of chemically induced colon carcinogenesis, oral ingestion of the PODS of Moringa oleifera at resulted in a dose-dependent reduction in colon tumors by 47% to 71% due to the anti-inflammatory properties of moringa. (10)

(Source: http://www.actahort.org/books/1158/1158_30.htm)

 Pancreatic Cancer 

Berkovich et al. (2013) showed that Moringa Oleifera leaf extract can increase the efficacy of chemotherapy and significantly inhibit the growth of cultured human pancreatic carcinoma cells. (11)

(Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23957955)

 Ovarian Cancer 

A molecule found in moringa, Benzyl isothiocyanate, induces cell death of cancerous cells in the ovaries, indicating moringa could act as a potential treatment in this type of cancer. (Kalkunte et al. 2006, Bose 2007) (12)

(Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1924986/)

 Moringa as a Chemoprotective Agent 

Research in this space has expanded even further to the potential chemoprotective attributes of Moringa oleifera.


Fighting cancer is about equipping your body with the tools to fight every day. While drug therapies are very useful in this fight, it is also key that naturally occurring dietary options are used as well. Total health will give a cancer patient the endurance to battle the disease with full energy. The anti-tumor properties in Moringa Oleifera will be of special interest to cancer patients.

Moringa Oleifera has other characteristics which make it a good compliment to a cancer prevention or treatment plan. It contains an enormous amount of nutritional content; Moringa Oleifera contains vitamins, minerals, and amino acids which are critical for good health. It is loaded with calcium, iron, potassium, protein, Vitamin A and C, and many more properties which promote a healthy body that has the tools to fight cancer. It is known to have anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antioxidant, anti-allergenic, and pain relief uses. It has also been put to use to fight a variety of infections. (13)


The researchers concluded that the leaves and bark of Moringa could be used to develop pharmaceutical treatments for breast and colorectal cancers.

Research also suggests the moringa tree has shown potential to reduce the following symptoms common in cancer patients:

  • Chest congestion
  • Cough
  • Diarrhea
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Joint pain
  • Headaches
  • Respiratory complications
  • Skin Irritations
  • Sore throat
  • Weight loss (14),(15),(16).

The organizations’ Trees for Life, Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization and Church World Service have strongly advocated for moringa as a way to combat these symptoms, as well as a way to improve malnutrition.

Malnutrition occurs when your body does not get enough nutrients. Because of the side effects of some cancer treatments, patients experience a loss of appetite, which can lead to malnutrition and severe weight loss.

This can negatively affect their quality of life, treatment response and survival. Moringa provides an easy way to meet your daily nutrient requirements without having to eat a big meal.


Given that laboratory studies and tradition show moringa to be useful in cancer prevention, but that there are as yet no clinical trials that tell us how much to ingest, what should you and your family do? The answer with moringa is always the same: eat it as a nutritious vegetable in your daily diet. This is because the minimum dose for chemoprevention is not known. So, to hedge your bets, eat moringa in nutritionally relevant quantities. This will almost certainly meet or exceed the minimum dose needed for chemoprevention. It might be that a moringa capsule a day is enough for receiving chemoprotective benefits, but there is at this point no way of knowing this.

Keep in mind that treatment options affect people differently. As with any alternative medicine, it is best to talk with your doctor before adding moringa to your treatment regimen or diet. If you experience any side effects after using these alternative methods, you should seek medical attention immediately.

Although moringa is still far from being a verified cure for cancer, it is important to note its anti-carcinogenic activities, so it can be further studied. Medical developers in Saudi Arabia are already working on moringa-based medicines for cancer. (17)

I don’t know about you, but I’ve already included Moringa in my daily diet.  


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  1. https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/understanding/statistics
  2. Anwar, F., Latif, S., Ashraf, M. and Gilani, A. H. (2007), Moringa oleifera: a food plant with multiple medicinal uses. Phytother. Res., 21: 17–25. doi:10.1002/ptr.2023
  3. Sreelatha S1, Jeyachitra A, Padma PR. (2011), Antiproliferation and induction of apoptosis by Moringa oleifera leaf extract on human cancer cells. Food Chem Toxicol. 2011 Jun;49(6):1270-5. doi: 10.1016/j.fct.2011.03.006.
  4. Al-Asmari AK et al. Moringa oleifera as an AntiCancer Agent against Breast and Colorectal Cancer Cell Lines. PLoS One. 2015 Aug 19;10(8):e0135814.
  5. Adebayo IA, Arsad H, Samian MR. ANTIPROLIFERATIVE EFFECT ON BREAST CANCER (MCF7) OF MORINGA OLEIFERA SEED EXTRACTS. African Journal of Traditional, Complementary, and Alternative Medicines. 2017;14(2):282-287. doi:10.21010/ajtcam.v14i2.30.
  6. Tiloke C. et al. Moringa Oleifera Gold Nanoparticles Modulate Oncogenes, Tumor Suppressor Genes and Caspase9 Splice Variants in A549 Cells. J Cell Biochem.  2016 Feb 29.
  7. Tiloke C. et al. The Antiproliferative Effect of Moringa oleifera Crude Aqueous Leaf Extract on Human Esophageal Cancer Cells. J Med Food. 2016 Apr;19(4):398-403.
  8. Jung IL et el. A potential oral anticancer drug candidate Moringa oleifera leaf extract induces the apoptosis of human hepatocellular carcinoma cells. Oncol Lett. 2015 Sep;10(3):15971604.
  9. Jung IL et el. A potential oral anticancer drug candidate Moringa oleifera leaf extract induces the apoptosis of human hepatocellular carcinoma cells. Oncol Lett. 2015 Sep;10(3):15971604.
  10. Reda, F., Borjac, J., Fakhouri, R. and Usta, J. (2017). Cytotoxic effect of Moringa oleifera on colon cancer cell lines. Acta Hortic. 1158, 269-278 DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2017.1158.30 https://doi.org/10.17660/ActaHortic.2017.1158.30
  11. Berkovich L1, Earon G, Ron I, Rimmon A, Vexler A, Lev-Ari S.Moringa Oleifera aqueous leaf extract down-regulates nuclear factor-kappaB and increases cytotoxic effect of chemotherapy in pancreatic cancer cells. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2013 Aug 19;13:212. doi: 10.1186/1472-6882-13-212.
  12. Bose CK. Possible Role of Moringa oleifera Lam. Root in Epithelial Ovarian Cancer. Medscape General Medicine. 2007;9(1):26.
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  15. Anwar, F., Latif, S., Ashraf, M. and Gilani, A. H. (2007), Moringa oleifera: a food plant with multiple medicinal uses. Phytother. Res., 21: 17–25. doi:10.1002/ptr.2023
  16. https://www.cancer.org/treatment/treatments-and-side-effects/treatment-types/chemotherapy/chemotherapy-side-effects.html
  17. Al-Asmari AK, Albalawi SM, Athar MT, Khan AQ, Al-Shahrani H, Islam M. Moringa oleifera as an Anti-Cancer Agent against Breast and Colorectal Cancer Cell Lines. Ahmad S, ed. PLoS ONE. 2015;10(8):e0135814. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0135814.
  18. http://globalcancermap.com/

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