Cancer Killer

RMIT researcher Dr Tien Huynh has travelled across south-east Asia to learn about the exceptional health benefits of the Vietnamese gac fruit and its ability to destroy cancer cells.

RMIT researcher Dr Tien Huynh has travelled across south-east Asia to learn about the exceptional health benefits of the Vietnamese gac fruit and its ability to destroy cancer cells. According to Huynh’s research project, the natural compounds in gấc have unique health benefits, particularly as a treatment against melanoma and breast cancer.

The research findings show that gấc is made of substances that can kill 85-90% of cancer cells, especially in skin and breast cancer. It contains up to 54 times more β-carotene than carrots and 200 times more lycopene than tomatoes. 

This research project promotes the benefits of gấc fruit, supported by science-based evidence.

Project timeline: 2018

Key contributors: Tien Huynh, Dilani Wimalasiri, Robert Brkljača, Terrence J. PivaSylvia Urban

This project addresses the following Sustainable Development Goals and Targets:

Target 3.4 By 2030, reduce by one third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment and promote mental health and well-being

Indicator 3.4.1 Mortality rate attributed to cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes or chronic respiratory disease

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.