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Moringa Supplements for Cancer

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Q: A friend recommended the herb moringa following surgery and radiation for leiomisarcoma. Are there any dangers to taking it? Do you recommend it?

GBR, San Francisco, California, July, 2016

A: Moringa is a plant grown in the sub-Himalayans that is being studied for its variety of uses. As a plant, the leaves are rich in important nutrients such as protein, vitamin B6, vitamin C, riboflavin, and iron.

An appropriate dosage for moringa powder or supplements has not yet been identified.

Always let your doctors and care team know if you are interested in taking any new supplements, before you begin. It is advised to make sure you are purchasing supplements from a reputable source, or using a reliable brand to ensure safety and quality, as dietary supplements are not regulated in the United States.

Additionally, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you should avoid using the root, bark, or flowers of morginga.

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