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This Green Herb Is Found To Be A Potential Cure For Cancer

This Green Herb Is Found To Be A Potential Cure For Cancer

Moringa. It’s a herb that is so rarely heard of but recently, has been causing quite a stir in the health research community. The plant that comes from the Moringa tree is found mostly in Africa and Asia and is usually used in South Indian cuisine because of its robust taste and texture. And if you’re wondering what it tastes like, it’s like radish.

But forget about its taste or texture, what researchers have found about this power food is that it could hold a great potential on how to cure cancer. Research conducted by researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina has shown that anticancer effects caused by Moringa are able to use its cytotoxic effects – being toxic to living cells – on cancer cells.

Anti-Cancer Properties

So what makes Moringa such a potent plant that potentially has the answer on how to cure cancer? There are a number of studies conducted by researchers and published on PubMed so far and most seem to point towards having a positive effect on cancer cells because of powerful anti-cancer compounds such as kaempferol, rhamnetin and isoquercetin. Here are brief summaries of these anti-cancer compounds:

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1) Kaempferol: An antioxidant that can be found in apples, brocolli, beans, tea and strawberries. Known to constitute to cell death, stop the spread of cancer cells and reduce inflammation.

2) Rhamnetin: Mostly found in cloves, sweet annie, annual wormwood, green vegetables and orchard grass. Research has shown that it has the potential to kill prostate cancer cells.

3) Isoquercetin: Found in red grapes, onions, cherries, cranberries and tomatoes. Known to inhibit bladder cancer.

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Possible Cure For Different Cancers

With these 3 main anti-cancer compounds realised by modern science today, it is without a doubt that our ancestors were on to something when Moringa was documented to have been already used 5000 years ago when Ayurvedic medicine was prominent.

A research study done by researchers in Saudi Arabia, has shown that tests were done using the extracts of leaves, bark and seeds of the Moringa tree. Anti-cancer compounds were present in the leaves and bark but surprisingly, none were found the seed extracts. Because of the presence of Eugenol found in the bark and leaves of Moringa, it can suggest that Moringa is also a good anti-cancer medicine for skin cancer, bone cancer, leukemia, gastric cancer and prostate cancer.

Other research done on mice also suggest that liver cancer can be reversed using Moringa. A study done on mice shows very promising results suggesting that the antioxidant properties of Moringa was able to alter and repair liver tissue and offering almost complete protection.

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Other Health Benefits of Moringa

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, one cup of fresh chopped leaves of Moringa (25 grams) can give you 2g of protein, Vitamin B6 (19% of Recommended Dietary Allowance RDA), Vitamin C (12% of RDA), Iron (11% of RDA), Vitamin A (9% of RDA) and magnesium (8% of RDA). The Moringa plant is full of nutrients and probably one of the most nutritional plant food source compared to other food sources.

Finding Moringa and Uses

You must take note that there are about 13 other species of Moringa and the most nutritional of them all is the Moringa Oleifera. The plant can either be taken in a capsule form or in a powdered form and can be taken at least once everyday.

Moringa oil can also be used to apply topically as it also has anti-microbial properties and can be used on the skin to prevent skin cancer or fungi growth.

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Moringa oils and capsules can be found online, however, it is advised to buy them from reputed online wellness stores to avoid being sold fake goods.

Featured photo credit: Moringa via flic.kr

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Last Updated on December 13, 2018

12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

Christmas is approaching fast, and lots of people not only tend to ruin their usual diets, but they also gain a few extra pounds. Based on studies, the majority of people tend to gain additional weight during the holiday season that starts at the Thanksgiving Day and ends with the New Year celebrations. Excessive eating is claimed to be the main cause for the additional weight gain, but it is also due to lack of physical activity and exercise.

A lot of individuals out there tend to set aside their fitness routines during the holidays since they believe that they do not have enough time to perform their workouts. And because they feel guilty after the holiday season, most of the gyms and fitness centers are packed with fresh members. Always bear in mind that you can still enjoy the holidays and stay fit at the same time. If you want to stay fit during the holiday season, especially during Christmas and the New Year’s Eve, here are some useful tips that might help you:

1. Eat Before Heading Out

First, it is best that you eat something before heading out to visits, trips or family dinners. By doing so, you will no longer be tempted to eat a lot or overindulge yourself since you have already eaten. Skipping on meals is not a good idea either, because you will only be forced to eat more later.

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2. Select The Treats

Make sure to select the treats that you eat in a wise manner. You should choose something that you can only enjoy during the holiday season and not something that is readily available all the time.

3. Avoid Skipping Meals

Don’t skip meals, especially breakfast! Even though it can be tempting to skip on certain meals, believing that it will make up for the treats you consumed in the previous day, don’t do it because it will only lead to counterproductive results.

4. Drink With Moderation

It is best to regulate your drinking since alcohol, coke or other juices will only add more calories to the ones you already eaten!

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5. Be Active

You should still perform your fitness routine whenever possible and if you can’t do that, simply walk more, park your car some distance away from the store or just use the stairs!

6. Get Out Of The House

Make the holidays a family affair and plan outdoor activities where everyone is involved. Even a snowball fight in the backyard will burn a lot of calories and will keep the children entertained.

7. Don’t Skip Your Strength Workouts

Always remember to perform your strength training in order to maintain that muscle mass you worked hard to get. You might be tempted to use lightweights and just do some cardio, but you can burn just as many calories by lifting weights. And with all of those extra stakes you had on the holiday meals, you might even gain some extra muscle. And this is much better than gaining some extra fat.

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8. Set Realistic Goals

You should set realistic exercise objectives. Aim for at least half an hour per day and you will be very happy when you will achieve that. If you plan one hour or more and not achieve it, you will only end up disappointed.

9. Enjoy Yourself

Also make sure to set realistic diet plans! Trying to restrain yourself totally from some foods will only make you eat more. Feel free to enjoy the treats that you really love, but in small portions.

10. Drink A Lot Of Water

This can satiate your appetite as well as keep you hydrated at all times. And it will also prevent a possible hangover if you overdo it with alcohol.

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11. Eat Less And More Often

Distribute your meals evenly throughout the day, and do not eat everything at once.  Instead of having 2 enormous meals, have 5 small ones.  Eat your dinner earlier and have a nice walk before going to bed.

12. Prioritize Your Workouts

Try to do them early in the morning while everyone else is still sleeping. This way you will also avoid remarks like “Oh, come on! It’s Christmas…”

So there you go! Twelve simple tips that will help you avoid gaining weight during the winter holidays, but will also allow you to enjoy yourself and have a great time with your loved ones.

Happy Holidays everyone!

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