Leaves Of This Tree Shown To Kill Pancreatic Cancer Cells

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Pancreatic cancer is a very, very serious disease with fewer than six percent of patients living more than five years after diagnosis. Currently, the only treatment is chemotherapy, which is not very effective and tends to kill more quickly than the cancer does.

There has been an amazing study recently showing that the leaves from one particular tree, indigenous to Africa and India, killed pancreatic cancer cells in an in virto study. Called “the miracle tree” by many, moringa oleifera is almost unknown in many parts of the world, but after this study becomes more well-known, you can bet you are going to hear a lot about this tree.

A 2013 study published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine showed that when a hot-water extract of the leaves of this tree were applied to human pancreatic cancer cells, moringa oleifera killed 97 percent of these cancer cells within a 72-hour lab test. It also inhibited the growth of all other types of pancreatic cell lines tested.

This tree has a long history in its native countries of being used to treat everything from pain and fever to asthma and depression. Shown to have anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-diabetes compounds, this plant also has tons of anti-cancer compounds, including kaempferol, isoquercetin, and rhamnetin. Studies so far have also found that the leaves of this tree are effective in fighting against melanoma (skin cancer), lung cancer, ovarian cancer, and now, pancreatic cancer.

Another study, published in 2003 in the Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention, found that mice who consumed moringa seedpod extracts had a dramatic reduction in skin papilloma, which suggests that this plant can prevent one of the most deadly types of skin cancer, melanoma.

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