Moringa oleifera is a tree that grows in tropical and sub-tropical environments such as India, Oceania, Latin America, Africa, and Asia. It is known by many names, including horseradish tree, drumstick tree, benzolive, kelor, marango, mlonge, sohanjna and more. Moringa has been hailed as a “miracle tree” because it is a significant source of fats, proteins, carotenoids, vitamin C, iron, potassium, and other nutrients. The flowers, roots, leaves, and bark of the tree have been used as nutritional supplements and are also used in the manufacture of cosmetics, perfumes, and skin oils.
Moringa is an invaluable resource for combating malnutrition in developing countries. A nutritional biochemist from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine stated in a commentary on Moringa: “…the nutritional properties of Moringa are now so well known that there seems to be little doubt of the substantial health benefit to be realized by consumption of Moringa leaf powder in situations where starvation is imminent.”
Alongside moringa’s powerful nutritional profile, there exists incredible medicinal potential. Chemical compounds found in moringa have demonstrated several beneficial biochemical activities, such as combating atherosclerosis and heart disease, boosting the immune system, and have antiviral, antibacterial, antioxidant, and tumor-suppressive effects.
A new study published in the journal Oncology Letters has followed up on previous research that demonstrated the therapeutic potential of water-soluble extracts of moringa leaf in treating various types of cancers, such as lung, breast, and skin cancers.