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Author(s): Guevara AP, C Vargas, H Sakurai, Y Fujiwara, K Hashimoto, M Kozuka, Y Ito, H Tokuda, H Nishino
Published in: Mutation Research/Genetic Toxicology and Environmental Mutag.   Apr 6, 1999
440 2 181-188

"Inhibition of EBV-EA activition was taken as an indication of potential antitumor promoting activity"
Mice were given a skin cancer, the control was left to develop tumors while the variable was treated with the compound niazimicin
"isolates 2, 3, and 8 tested for potential antitumor activity"
Niazimicin is a compound found within the seeds of Moringa oleifera Lam. The researchers decided to study this particular compound, for nothing was known of its possible tumor-inhibiting properties. Niazimicin's effectiveness is compared to that of other chosen compounds.

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Author(s): Mazumder UK, M Gupta, S Chakrabarti, D Pal
Published in: Indian Journal of experimental biology.   Mar 23, 1999
37 6 612-614

This study examines the medicinal effects of Moringa oleifera roots. The authors did preliminary research on the roots, finding that the level of alkaloids in such might be helpful for managing liver and kidney diseases.

Roots for this experiment were gathered during the period of time between May and June. Once gathered, the roots were sun-dried and then extracted with methanol. The extraction was then administered through a four week period to Swiss albino mice. The mice were both female and male and were grouped into ten groups of ten. Each group was given a different dosage of the extraction, either low, medium or high.

It was found that the highest dosage, 46mg/kg body weight, did have tremendous effects on the liver and kidney function of the mice in that particular group. The mice who were given such dosages had a higher white blood cell count and less clotting time in addition to a positive change in plasma protein, blood urea and non-protein nitrogen. This information may be able to be able to later be studied in human liver and kidney disease patients.

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Author(s): Kar A, BK Choudhary, NG Bandyopadhyay
Published in: Journal of Ethnopharmacology.   Feb 1, 1999
64 2 179-184

Researchers tested the efficiency of Moringa oleifera and other traditional Indian medicines in treating type two diabetes. The inorganic parts of Moringa's stem bark were taken from the plant and used to test their effects on blood sugar levels of rats. The study point to Moringa as a probable treatment for this type of diabetes by controlling blood sugar levels.

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Frequently Used Ethno-Medicinal Plants of Bihar Imprint

Author(s): Kumar K, AK Goel
Published in: Journal of Economic and Taxanomic Botany.   Jan 1, 1999
23 2 645-649

Several tribes reside within the area of Bihar, India today. Such groups depend on the medicinal expertise of their tribes' medicinemen. This study was done through consultation with a variety of medicinemen in this area as to the plants they use as remedies.

Ten plant species, including the Moringa oleifera, were highlighted for their usage on more than thirty ailments in this region. Ailments ranged from fever and skin disease to tuberculosis. The paper also includes a chart the researchers developed to showcase the data they found.

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Mineral composition of non-conventional leafy vegetables

Author(s): Barminas J.T., M. Charles, E. Emmanuel
Published in: Plant Foods for Human Nutrition.   Dec 15, 1998
53 1 3 pp. 29-36

This article outlines a study of several native Nigerian plants that are commonly consumed as vegetables in order to find out their mineral contents. While not as plentiful in minerals as some common Nigerian vegetables, these leaves proved to be possible alternates or supplements to a normal rural family's diet. Among these vegetables were the leaves of Moringa oleifera, whose nutrient content was significantly high in calcium, and very high in zinc and phosphorous, as compared to the results of other plants. Because of its high calcium amounts, this article points out the possibility of being an important source of nutrition for pregnant and nursing women. Overall, it was concluded that all six of these plants could be a rich source or nutrition for rural areas of Nigeria where they are available.

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Bioactive Compounds from the Leaves and Pods of Moringa oleifera

Author(s): Faiz S, BS Siddiqui, R Saleem, D Shehnaz, L Hameed-un-Nisa
Published in: New Trends in Natural Product Chemistry.   Nov 14, 1998

The Moringa oleifera has been studied for several years as to its medicinal uses. Each part of the tree can be used for nutritional and medicinal matters. This paper presents data found in experiments with rats and the effects Moringa seeds and pods had upon the animals. Such research may be further used in experimentation of similar and its effects on humans.

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Author(s): Hameed-un-Nisa L, D Shehnaz, S Faizi
Published in: New Trends in Natural Product Chemistry.   Oct 14, 1998
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The effects of Moringa oleifera on the parts of the nervous system involving blood vessels, the stomach, and other involuntary processes were unknown. Researchers studied how Moringa ofeilera extract from its pods and leaves affect adrenaline used for the vas deferens of rats, used as a model for blood vessel contraction. The extract did not stop contraction due to adrenaline.

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Author(s): Freiberger CE, DJ Vanderjagt, A Pastuszyn, RS Glew, G Mounkalia, M. Millson, RH Glew
Published in: Plant Foods for Human Nutrition.   Mar 13, 1998
53 1 57-69

Throughout the world, there are many places which are rich with plantlife which can provide nutrients to the residents of such an area. Many do not realize the nutritious value plants in their area contain. This paper is an attempt to create awareness of the nutrients several trees residing in Niger contain. The Moringa oleifera is noted within this article especially for its large amounts of protein.

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Author(s): Makkar HPS, K Becker
Published in: Journal of agricultural science.   Oct 20, 1997
128 3

Moringa oleifera is known for its nutritional and medicinal value. Researchers examined the composition of the leaves, seeds and pods of the Moringa in this paper. The article states the findings of the research which was done, including the nutritional value of the plant for children under the age of five.

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Author(s): Faiz S, BS Siddiqui, R Saleem, K Aftab, A Gilani, F Shaheen
Published in: Planta Medica.   Sep 20, 1997
64 3 225-228

The medicinal use of several parts of the Moringa oleifera plant have been investigated. This article focuses primarily on those experiments which have been done with each concerning their hypotensive activity, or ability to lower one's blood pressure.

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