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J Clin Diagn Res. 2017 Apr;11(4):CE01-CE04. doi: 10.7860/JCDR/2017/21796.9671. Epub 2017 Apr 1.

Moringa oleifera Leaf Extract: Beneficial Effects on Cadmium Induced Toxicities - A Review.

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1
Tutor, Department of Physiology, Kasturba Medical College (KMC), Manipal University (MU), Mangalore, Karnataka, India.
2
Associate Professor, Department of Physiology, Kasturba Medical College (KMC), Manipal University (MU), Mangalore, Karnataka, India.
3
Dietician, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Formerly Attached To Manipal Ecron Acu-Nova Kh Clinical Research Centre, Manipal University (MU), Mangalore, Karnataka, India.
4
Associate Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Kasturba Medical College (KMC), Manipal University (MU), Mangalore, Karnataka, India.

Abstract

Environment has been contaminated by heavy metals ever since the original magma of earth has solidified. One such toxin is cadmium. Cadmium that has been around since the industrial age, is considered hazardous both to us and to the environment. From time immemorial man is dependent on plants available in nature for several health benefits. Moringa oleifera, has nutritional, pharmacological and antioxidant properties, thus having several medicinal applications. In the present article, we discuss the dose and time dependent damage due to exposure to cadmium on kidneys, liver, testis, lipid profile and haematological parameters in adult Wistar rats and the protective effects of Moringa oleifera (pre-treatment) on cadmium induced damage.

KEYWORDS:

Haematological parameters; Kidney; Lipid profile; Liver; Testis

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