A UCT lecturer, Dr Catherine Kaschula and her research team established how a compound found in crushed cloves of garlic, known as ajoene, kills cancer cells.
Kaschula presented her new findings at the Cancer Association of South Africa (Cansa) Research in Action Conference at Stellenbosch.
Ajoene was not only toxic to these cancer cells, but they also discovered how the compound used its toxic effect on the cancer protein. Ajoene is one of the main compounds formed when heating crushed garlic.
CapeTalk’s John Maytham spoke to Dr Catherine Kaschula, Lecturer at Department of Chemistry (UCT) about their findings:
What we were able to show for the first time was what was happening from the time you give the cancer sore a garlic compound to actually seeing the sore death on the other end— Dr Catherine Kaschula
Listen to the full conversation on The John Maytham Show: