PSU Pharmacists received 3 international awards for using rice bran oil to extract cancer-fighting property from Chamuang

5Jan. 2017

      Team of researchers from PSU Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences have invented a method to extract cancer-fighting property from Chamuang with rice bran oil. The method is proven to be energy-efficient, cost-effective, and environmentally-friendly.

      Associate Professor Dr. Pharmacist Pharkpoom Panichayupakaranant and team, including Ms. Pirunrat Sae-Lim and Assistant Professor Dr. Supreeya Yuenyongsawad, from Phytomedicine and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology Excellence Center and Department of Pharmacognosy and Pharmaceutical Botany, collaborated on a research aiming to find ways to extract a one-of-a-kind cancer-fighting substance, named “Chamuangone,” as to indicate that it can only found in Thailand. The research concluded that rice bran oil is the most appropriate extracting agent. Not only because it can extract the substance at a high level, but also because the oil itself offers healthy fatty acid and other antioxidants, such as vitamin E and gamma oryzanol, which reduce risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, while also promote skin health.

      When tested Chamuangone with top 3 killing cancers, which are colon cancer, breast cancer, and lung cancer, it was able to effectively inhibit the cancer cells without intoxicate surrounding healthy cells.

      As aforementioned, Chamuangone extracting method is proven to be energy-efficient, cost-effective, and environmentally-friendly. The researchers have turned Chamuangone into an 800 mg soft gelatin capsule of dietary supplement. This innovation inevitably increases the value of Chamuang and rice bran oil, while also increases growth in dietary supplement industry to mobilize Thai economy toward “Thailand 4.0”.

      “Chamuangone Dietary Supplement” has received multiple international awards such as a gold medal at “10th International Warsaw Invention Show” (IWIS 2016) in Poland, a Special Award (on Stage) from Malaysian Research & Innovation Society, a Special Award from Taiwan International Invention Award Winners Association.

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