Moringa Oleifera is known for its many potential health benefits and is a world-renowned superfood, consumed worldwide in attempts to prevent or ward off illness.
It has a big reputation, so there must be some big study results behind it to back it up.
And there are.
A group of researchers out of Israel conducted an in vitro study to determine what effect an extract of moringa oleifera would have on pancreatic cancer. They published their findings in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine in 2013.
They tested a moringa extract against three different pancreatic cancer cell types, Panc-1, COLO 357 and p34, at different concentrations, and evaluated them over the course of 72 hours.
All three reacted differently to the presence of the moringa extract, but the one commonality was the fact that moringa quite significantly reduced the cancer cell viability of all at increasing concentrations.
Most astoundingly, at a concentration of 2mg/mL or moringa, the Panc-1 cell line reduced in viability by a whopping 98 percent over 72 hours!
It’s hard to imagine a result that good and, frankly, there’s not even a lot of room for improvement.
Even the other two cell lines had astonishing results, with COLO 357 reduced by almost 50 percent and p34 by close to 80 percent!
You know the results are pretty astonishing when an 80 percent reduction is not the headline.
The good results do not stop there, however, and these following results (while not as impressive) are very important.
As of right now, there is not a lot of information on how to properly apply some of these natural ingredients as treatment agents and studies need to be done to prove their efficacy in real human beings.
With that said, most cancer treatments are of the pharmaceutical variety, namely chemotherapy.
Which is why it is also very important that these researchers tested the efficacy of the moringa extract in combination with cisplatin, a chemotherapy drug.
The results were extremely encouraging.
As the concentrations of both moringa and cisplatin increased, the viability of the Panc-1 cell line correspondingly decreased, by as much as near 60-70 percent at the highest concentrations, whereas cisplatin alone did not result in much difference.
This is great news for those undergoing chemotherapy as it is something that can be discussed with their physicians to see if moringa oleifera makes sense as an adjunct treatment.
Of course, always discuss these things with your doctor and never start or change any treatment programs based on these types of study results or what you read here.
The result of this study, as with so many others, begs for more to be conducted to not only see if the positive results can be replicated in real people, but if so, to find out how we can apply these superfoods and nutrient compounds effectively.
But in the meantime, this is just more evidence of the power of superfoods to help us achieve our best health and best life.
And the best is yet to come.
Here’s to your health!
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