Fighting cancer, diabetes with guyabano

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The Institute of Industrial Technology Development (IITD) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) flags a teabag and a natural health supplement from guyabano, found to contain anti-inflammatory and anti-diabetic properties, at the 2015 Mindanao Science and Technology Cluster Fair held in Zamboanga City. FRENCIE CARREON/The PhilSouth Angle

The Institute of Industrial Technology Development (IITD) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) flags a teabag and a natural health supplement from guyabano, found to contain anti-inflammatory and anti-diabetic properties, at the 2015 Mindanao Science and Technology Cluster Fair held in Zamboanga City. FRENCIE CARREON/The PhilSouth Angle

ZAMBOANGA CITY/09 December 2015 by Airah Medija and Fritzie Luchana–According to the World Health Organization (WHO), almost 43% of the population around the world has been suffering from different illnesses like cancer, asthma, spasms and others. However, a research project,  headed by Dr. Annabelle Briones, chief of chemicals and energy division (CED) of the Institute of Industrial Technology Development (IITD) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), found Anona muricata, commonly known as Guyabano, as a stepping a stone in helping aid the rapid increasing number of various illnesses particularly cancer.  Guyabano was discovered to have a potential for inhibition of growth of viruses, carcinogens, allergens, bacteria, fungi, and parasites. It contains anti-inflammatory and anti-diabetic properties namely flavonoids, tannins, fats and oils, unsaturated steroids, and triterpenes.

Proven and tested by the DOH and WHO, this innovative project discovered the Guyabano’s rich content, its crude extract having showed 66.79% protection against edema.  This was developed further into a natural supplement in a form of a 250-300 mg. capsule, and a 2.0 g. teabag.  “The making of the natural health supplement from the guyabano fruits and the teabag from the guyabano leaves follow the World Health Organization (WHO) standard protocol in making supplementary and medicinal products,” Josephine King, Science Research Special Researcher II of the IITD, said.

Thus, the fruits and leaves were processed through thin-layer chromatographic fingerprinting of the extracts and this was performed together with phytochemical screening. Antimicrobial activity of the extracts was assessed with several bacteria and the properties are investigated and conducted with acute toxicity test (LD50). This product is standardized and naturally processed. Some tests were based upon WHO and the health benefits are scientifically validated. This concludes the safety and effectiveness of the Guyabano supplement.

Guyabano has been proven to be 10,000 times more powerful than chemotherapy. Other health benefits are reduction of blood glucose level, spasms, blood pressure, fever; moreover, it relieves inflammation, pain, asthma; lowers heart rate and tumor growth; and stimulates digestion. In an interview, King estimated each capsule to cost Php275.  However, the DOST is a nonprofit organization and as of now, they are still searching for clients to transfer technology. But considerations with respect to commercialization of this product are abundance, profit, and market.

These products from the guyabano have health benefits. These advantages include the capsule and teabag’s having been standardized and naturally processed, having scientifically validated health benefits and lastly, being a product with established safety. Further, the guyabano’s health benefits include the relief from inflammation, pain, fever and asthma.  It helps lower the blood sugar, blood pressure, heart rate; and eventually it stimulates digestion and stops convulsion. It also stops the growth of harmful bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites.  Its high flavonoid content helps stop the growth of microorganisms.

At the recently concluded 2015 Mindanao Science and Technology Cluster Fair hosted by the DOST Regional Office IX under Director Brenda Nazareth-Manzano, the teabag and the natural health supplement were among the mature technology products on exhibit. (Airah L. Medija, Galas National High School,  and Fritzie Luchana, Zamboanga del Norte National High School)

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