The Medical Benefits of the Plants in Amazon Rainforest

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The Amazon Rainforest is the largest of all the rainforests in the world. It, therefore, absorbs the highest amount of carbon dioxide released by humans as a byproduct of photosynthesis.  Also, the Amazon Rainforest generates up to 20% of the global oxygen, which is why it is called “the world’s lung”.  At the same time, bush burning activities at the Amazon can generate up to 30% of the carbon emitted on earth.

Norman AschStudies show that up to 2,700 million acres of rainforest are burnt down annually; this translates to 1.5 acres every second.  Consequent of the unhelpful activities of humans in the Amazon rainforest, up to 137 species of insects, animals and plants are lost and some of the lost species are rare, which means they might have been lost forever.

Why should humans give more attention to the protection of the Amazon Rainforest and other rainforests across the Globe? The Amazon Rainforest contains several beneficial species of plants. In fact, studies show that some of the plants have anti-cancer properties and can be used for both the treatment and prevention of different types of cancer.

It may also interest you to know that modern science has not even studied up to 90% of the various plants to be found in the Amazon Rainforest.  It may equally interest you to know that the Amazon natives are already.  The persistence of deforestation will undoubtedly destroy many of these plants and possibly eliminate the opportunity to cure cancer and several other ailments naturally. You can visit to learn more about Norman Asch.

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