Moringa under the microscope
Moringa (Moringa oleifera) is often referred to as a "miracle tree" and "superfood". Various health-promoting effects are attributed to the tree. The cancer information service of the German Cancer Research Center has now investigated the question of what has actually been proven and whether the plant helps as a therapy for cancer?
The experts from the Cancer Information Service show that leaves and seeds of Moringa have antibacterial effects. So it can serve as a soap replacement. In addition, water can be cleaned and disinfected using moringa seeds. The behen oil obtained from the seeds of Moringa oleifera is used as the basis of cosmetics and in Ayurvedic medicine, and is also used as an edible oil.
Moringa is often referred to as "superfood". There is no evidence of this. However, the fact is that Moringa contains many antioxidants, minerals, saponins, flavonols and the vegetable cytokine zeatin. These antioxidants inhibited cancer cells in cell culture and thus triggered apoptosis. In animal experiments, Moringa showed liver protection effects in rats with liver cancer. So far there have been no studies with people. Therefore, Moringa has so far been of no importance as a drug for cancer. So far, high levels of potassium, calcium, seven vitamins and protein have been proven.
It is important to know that ingredients of Moringa inhibit the 3A4 liver cytochrome P 450 enzyme. Therefore, there may be interactions with the cancer medication, e.g. when taking immunomodulators or with certain anti-hormone therapies. More about the tree of life here. Source: Cancer Information Service, German Cancer Research Center