Moringa oleifera Leaf Extract: Beneficial Effects on Cadmium Induced Toxicities - A Review CE01-CE04
Dr. Pratik Kumar Chatterjee,
Associate Professor, Department of Physiology, Kasturba Medical College (KMC), Manipal University (MU), Mangalore-575004,
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.