An in-country study conducted by four students at Gajah Mada University (UGM) on the benefits of squash, revealing that the fruit can prevent and treat skin cancer. They are from Faculty of Biology UGM named Dwi Jami Indah, Bening Larasati, Dea Febiansi, and Dhella Apriliandha.
With the guidance of Dr. Budi Setyadi Daryono MAgr Sc. PhD’s lecturer, the four examine the various content that can be utilized in squash or edged gourd.
“In the Siamese flask there are compounds of flavonoids and saponins. This is a secondary metabolite compound and has properties as anticancer, “explained Dwi Jami Indah, as reported by UGM site, Thursday (20/7).
The methods used in this study are qualitative test, quantitative test, and antiproliferation test. Researchers used cell lines with the same proliferative properties as cancer cells as test materials.
From the extract of pumpkin picked and formed pasta, it can inhibit the growth of tested cancer cells.
Testers also claimed that young, medium and old cockroaches both provide a positive effect in preventing the growth of cancer cells.
“Our research uses young, medium and old cockroaches. The results show that from all three parameters of the age of the squash used, they all contain saponins and flavonoids, “he explained.
Further research results of UGM students will be developed into a siamese gourd ointment that can be used to prevent skin cancer.