Moringa Oleifera Shows Promising Radioprotective Properties
Potassium Iodine may protect the Thyroid against ionizing radiation*...but, what about your other organs? Several studies have shown the properties of Moringa in prevention and/or protection against radiation oxidative stress in mice.
How does it work?
Free radicals come in many shapes, sizes, and chemical configurations. What they all share is a voracious appetite for electrons, stealing them from any nearby substances that will yield them. The so-called "Antioxidants" have the ability to act as an electron donor without turning into electron-scavenging substances themselves.
Moringa Oleifera is packed with 47 antioxidants and 36 anti-inflammatory substances. As a matter of fact, Moringa is one of the best natural sources of antioxidants, that's more than any other plant...even Turmeric.
First, let's talk briefly about Free Radicals and Antioxidants
WHAT ARE FREE RADICALS?
Free Radicals are highly reactive chemicals that have the potential to cause cell damage. Free radicals that contain the element oxygen are the most common type of free radicals produced in living tissue. Another name for them is “reactive oxygen species,” or “ROS”. They are created when an atom or a molecule either gains or loses an electron (a small negatively charged particle found in atoms).
This electron theft can radically alter the “loser’s” structure or function, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) states that free radical damage may even lead to cancer.
WHAT ARE ANTIOXIDANTS?
Antioxidants are chemicals that interact with the free radicals, thus neutralizing and preventing them from causing damage. Antioxidants are also known as “free radical scavengers.”
AND WHY IS THIS SO IMPORTANT?
The body makes some of the antioxidants it uses to neutralize free radicals. These antioxidants are called endogenous antioxidants. However, the body relies on external (exogenous) sources, to obtain the rest of the antioxidants it needs. These exogenous antioxidants are commonly called dietary antioxidants. Fruits, vegetables, and grains are rich sources of dietary antioxidants like beta-carotene, lycopene, and vitamins A, C, and E (alpha-tocopherol).
Recent Scientific Studies shows that Moringa prevents cellular damage due to ionizing radiation and free radicals. If this gets approval from the FDA, the must-have kit for radiation protection will include not only Potassium Iodide tablets, (good for the thyroid gland protection only) but Moringa pills too, for added antioxidant protection on ALL your body tissues.
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Studies on Radiation-Induced Oxidative Stress:
1. Leaf extract of Moringa oleifera prevents ionizing radiation-induced oxidative stress in mice.
Abstract: The present study evaluated the protective effect of Moringa Extract on the liver cells against radiation-induced oxidative stress, which is assessed in terms of inflammation and lipid peroxidation.
Pretreatment with Moringa Extract protected against Gamma-radiation-induced liver damage. The protection may be attributed to the free radical scavenging activity of Moringa Extract, through which it can ameliorate radiation-induced oxidative stress.
Swiss albino mice were administered aqueous ethanolic Moringa oleifera leaf extract (MoLE) (300 mg/kg of body weight) for 15 consecutive days before exposing them to a single dose of 5 Gy of 60Co γ-irradiation. Mice were sacrificed at 4 hours after irradiation. The liver was collected for immunoblotting and biochemical tests for the detection of markers of hepatic oxidative stress.
Nuclear translocation of nuclear factor kappa B (NF-κB) and lipid peroxidation were augmented, whereas the superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT), reduced glutathione (GSH), and ferric reducing antioxidant power (FRAP) values were decreased by radiation exposure. Translocation of NF-κB from the cytoplasm to nucleus and lipid peroxidation was found to be inhibited, whereas increases in SOD, CAT, GSH, and FRAP were observed in the mice treated with MoLE prior to irradiation. Therefore pretreatment with MoLE protected against γ-radiation-induced liver damage. The protection may be attributed to the free radical scavenging activity of MoLE, through which it can ameliorate radiation-induced oxidative stress.
2. In vivo radioprotective effect of Moringa oleifera leaves
3. Protective Effect of Moringa Oleifera on Gamma-Radiation-Induced Hepatotoxicity and Nephrotoxicity in Rats
* 4. What is Potassium Iodide (KI)?