Whole foods from nature have many beneficial nutrients and compounds that have yet to be explored by man. The field of science and medicine have only just discovered the tip of the iceberg as far as therapeutic and medicinal value of plant research as far as i’m concerned. This isn’t just my opinion either, if you look at actual statistics you’ll find it to be the truth.
For example, did you know that approximately 3% of the plants in the amazon rainforest have been researched for medicinal and therapeutic value and from that 3% about 25% of pharmaceutical drugs on the market derive a synthetic version of that plant for drugs. This means that 1/4th of all health conditions in America have an amazonian herb solution (that works much better than the drugs without side effects) and that’s only 3% of the rainforest plants researched. At this rate, if we researched just 12% of amazon plants we should be able to have a medicinal plant for every disease, ailment or health condition we face.
With that being said, the amazon rainforest is being torn down at 1.5 acres per second, so these plant species that humanity does not know exists yet, that have no label or understanding could be gone forever. This is a huge part of the reason I’m a big proponent of rainforest preservation.
One plant, that has tremendous health value that is way too often overlooked because of it’s obscurity in North America is Moringa. Moringa is a tree that contains nutritious and edible roots, pods, bark and flowers! The whole plant contains medicinal edible value. It’s typically used in South India in cuisine but the tree itself is native to Asia and Africa. There are 13 species of this tree, each with slightly different varying medicinal properties.
Moringa Has Anti-Cancer Properties That Apply To 5 Different Cancers
Moringa contains specific compound that have anti-cancer effects.
It contains many different anti-cancer compounds such as isoquercetin, rhamnetin and kaempferol. According to researchers and lab tests, moringa’s anti-cancer properties are effective in the treatment of many different cancers including melanoma (skin cancer), ovarian, lung and liver cancer. The seeds of moringa actually make an oil that contains these anti-cancer compounds and this oil can be applied topically to skin cancer. Find the oil here. This can be used as a preventative measure to keep your skin healthy with all of the nutrients the oil offers, as well as to prevent cancer or as a measure for skin cancer treatment after diagnosis.
Moringa is already used in Ayurvedic Medicine (Indian medicine dating back 5,000 years) as well as other cultures of medicine worldwide. In fact, Ayurveda has used this plant in the treatment of about 300 health conditions and diseases. If you believe food is medicine than you can include India, Africa and Asia on the list of people who use this as medicine, as it’s part of their diet in areas of these continents.
Beyond the cancer fighting compounds that Moringa contains, take a look at the nutritional value of the plant:
The plant contains more Iron, vitamin C, potassium, calcium, vitamin A and protein than other familiar food sources. It’s an extremely nutrient dense plant. It also includes beta-carotene, quercetin, and chlorogenic acid.
The Benefits Of This Plant Go Beyond Prevention And Treating Cancer.
It has been used for diabetics and the general use of lowering blood sugar levels overall as well as lowering cholesterol, reducing inflammation and reducing/protecting against toxicity from arsenic. Not only that but the plant has been used to purify water as well as to help support colon health as it’s rich in fiber and compounds that destroy harmful bacteria in the gut.
As far as digestion is concerned, moringa being high in fiber is said to “work like a mop in your intestines” according to the Epoch times. The plant also contains isothiocyanates which have beneficial anti-bacterial properties that can help rid the body of certain bacteria strains that may cause gastritis, uclers and gastric cancer among other bodily problems.
Understanding how food and medicine work is important. When a plant has a quality in nature it tends to have that same quality in the human body, it’s what the plant does both in it’s natural environment and in the gut. The moringa plant is known to contain a specific protein that attaches itself to harmful agents and because of this it’s been utilized as a water purification tool. If this works the same way in the body it can purify and remove excess toxicity that may be weighing the body down and causing health conditions that influence overall vitality. This explains how it can help with arsenic toxicity.
Moringa also contains moringine, moringinine, the potent antioxidants and polyphenols that help to reduce high blood pressure, eliminate water weight, and lower cholesterol.
How Can You Use Moringa?
Remember there are 13 different Moringa tree species. You’ll want to look for Moringa Oleifera (click here to learn more) as this is the species of Moringa that has the most medicinal value known thus far. You can use it in at least three different ways. There are organic moringa oleifera supplements that you can take in capsule form or you can get this same plant in a green powder form. This can be added to water or smoothies, simply mix the powder in and drink it up!
The Moringa seeds also produce an oil. You can get organic moringa oil and apply this topically to keep your skin healthy, prevent or treat melanoma.
Put Moringa to use in your day to day life and benefit from it’s glorious (because “Moringa” just sounds glorious) value!
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