by KImberly Allen R.N.
Phytochemicals are plant chemicals that have non-essential nutrients that have protective or disease prevention properties. There are over a thousand currently known. The most well known of these are the lycopene found in tomatoes, the isoflavanoids that are in soy and the flavanoids in fruits. Most phytochemicals have antioxidant activity that protect the cells in our bodies from oxidative damage and can reduce our risk of developing cancer.
The power that the phytochemicals have to improve health and control cancer has impressed many scientists, increasing the research into them. In fact, a senior science advisor to the US Public Health Service said “phytochemicals can take tumors and diffuse them. They can turn off the proliferative process of cancer.” Many of the phytochemicals researched are found in ordinary vegetables and cooking herbs. The problem is that the amounts are so low that you would have to eat a lot of them over a long period of time before they give you any protection.
So how can you get enough of these powerful chemicals for building good health? Plant scientists from the US Department of agriculture started to study the noni plant and discovered that the reason for it’s amazing health building power is that it contains more phytochemicals both in number and variety than any other plant. A highly respected scientific authority on herbs and their phytochemical content listed 23 different phytochemicals, 5 vitamins, and 3 minerals in the noni.
On January 7, 1997 Dr S.M. Hall MD reported that he had added noni to the conventional treatment of a 75 yr old male with metastatic prostrate cancer that had a PSA of 55, indicating uncontrolled cancer. Within 2 weeks of adding noni to the regime his PSA was 1.1, within normal limits.
Other research done with mice that were bred specifically to succumb to cancer showed that mice that were given extract of the noni had a 100% extension of life. In other words of 24 mice 12 were given the extract and 12 were not. Within 12 days the mice that didn’t receive the noni extract were dead, but those that received the extract were still alive and well even after 24 days. Some even survived for more than 50 days.
While researching plants to find an extract that would inhibit the growth of RAS cancer cells Japenese scientists discovered a phytochemical in the noni extract called damnacanthal. It was discovered that damnacanthal is able to stop uncontrolled uncontrolled RAS activity that occurs when a carcinogenic protein has triggered the cell to produce wildly. The Japanese researchers reported that the cell began to change their structure back to normal over a 5 day period after adding noni extract.
There continues to be much promising research done on the noni plant. Noni extract is not harmful and has shown no side effects. It is available commercially.
Kimberly Allen is a registered nurse with an AND in nursing. She has worked in ACF, LCF and psychiatric facilities, although she spent most of her career as a home health expert. She is now a regular contributor to HealthAndFitnessTalk.com, dispensing advice and knowledge about medical issues and questions. You can reach her with any comments or questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.