If you’ve heard anything about this ‘miracle tree’, you’ve likely heard about the amazing vitamin and mineral properties. People take Moringa leaf powder as a raw, whole food supplement, akin to a multivitamin, but with better-absorption.
Fewer are aware of Moringa's antioxidant properties. A recent lab test revealed that Moringa leaf powder has higher free radical scavenging properties than turmeric, matcha powder and acai berry - all well-known for their anti-cancer powers.
How do antioxidants prevent cancer?
In short, cancer is related to free-radical damage at the cellular level. Antioxidants figuratively ‘mop up’ free radicals, preventing cellular damage that could otherwise mutate into cancer. That’s why antioxidants from food sources are essential for cancer prevention.
Moringa is one of the best tools in our arsenal for crushing free radicals, and we have the science to back it.
One 2014 study examined the impact of Moringa leaf extract as an anti-cancer treatment. The results were impressive. Human cancer cells (including lung cancer) were treated with the extract. Researchers found that Moringa “greatly induced apoptosis”, which is destruction of the cancer cell. As well, Moringa inhibited tumor cell growth, significantly reduced cancer cell proliferation and invasion.
What’s more, Moringa appeared to target cancer cells specifically. It showed “greater cytotoxicity for tumor cells than for normal cells.” The downside of traditional chemotherapy is that in destroying cancer cells, these cytotoxic drugs also destroy healthy cells. The researchers conclude that Moringa “could potentially be an ideal anticancer therapeutic candidate specific to cancer cells.”
Best of all, you can use raw, organic Moringa leaves every day as a form of cancer prevention. Moringa leaf powder makes it easy to get a massive dose of antioxidants in one quick step.
Jung IL. Soluble Extract from Moringa oleifera Leaves with a New Anticancer Activity. Pandey S, ed. PLoS ONE. 2014;9(4):e95492. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0095492.