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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 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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