• Question: Hi John ;) Can we create drugs from compouds of our food to cure diseases?

    Asked by Zozo to John on 17 Nov 2015.
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      John Gleeson answered on 17 Nov 2015:

      There is definitely the possibility. We’ve found some of the best drugs from nature; there’s a cancer drug called Taxol which was found in the bark of the Pacific yew tree that has helped so many people. In particular people are currently looking at a compound found in Turmeric (it’s a yellow spice used in Indian cooking) that has shown potential to be used to help with Malaria infection and in cancer.

      Food has a whole host of compounds just waiting for us to dig through and test 🙂