In January 1997, Steven M Hall, MD reported some surprising results from an elderly patient with advanced prostate cancer. The 75-year-old man previously had a PSA (prostate-specific antigen, the prostate cancer marker) reading of 55, indicating uncontrolled, aggressive cancer. Two weeks after adding noni juice to his regime of conventional treatment, his PSA level dropped to 1.1.
Phytochemicals can reduce cancer
To find out more about how phytochemicals (active compounds found in plants) can make people healthier and even control cancer, the University of Illinois has created a new, 63-strong research department.
Here’s just a few reasons why this department is needed:
- Ohio State University’s Cancer prevention laboratory found that sulforaphane, a compound found in broccoli, can reduce the numbers of oesophageal cancers by up to 40 per cent and where these cancers do occur, the compound can reduce the number of cancerous cells by 90 per cent;
- At Johns Hopkins Medical Institute, sulforaphane protected animals from developing cancer even after exposure to known carcinogens, and
- Cornell University researchers found that coumaric acid and chlorogenic acid (two phytochemicals) could eliminate many carcinogenic compounds and from the body.
University of Minnesota epidemiologist Dr John Potter claims that phytochemicals can intervene at almost every stage of cancer development, slowing or halting it. Although these amazing compounds occur naturally in familiar foods, they’re not present in high enough quantities to have significant benefits. What we need is a plant that has them in sufficient quantities…
When US Department of Agriculture botanists looked at the noni plant they found that it contains more types of potentially medicinal phytochemicals than any other known plant. So far we know about 23 different phytochemicals, five vitamins and three minerals.
Another great thing about these amazing compounds is the fact that they are completely safe – as safe as the humble apple or pear. The noni is actually on the US Food and Drug Administration’s list of Generally Recognised as Safe (GRAS) foods.