Sunday, May 04, 2003

Garlic seems to ward off cancer

MSNBC -- A clove a day may cut risk of prostate and other cancers by Karen Collins

IN ONE OF the latest studies on this topic, less than a clove of garlic a day was enough to cut men’s risk of prostate cancer in half compared to men who ate none.

Garlic’s link with lower cancer risk has been well established in highly focused laboratory studies involving cells and animals, as well as in studies that look at large human populations. Yet because people who eat more garlic also tend to eat more vegetables and engage in other healthy eating habits, it has not always been clear how much of garlic eaters’ lower cancer risk is due to garlic per se.

One of the most prominent garlic researchers, John Milner, Ph.D., now with the National Cancer Institute, notes that the benefits of garlic are not limited to a specific tissue, which suggests that garlic probably has broad anti-cancer effects throughout the body.

Studies have shown that while garlic, onions, scallions and leeks contain slightly different compounds, the substances that block cancer-promoting enzymes, promote DNA repair and regulate the cell life cycle are found in all these foods.

Garlic - Hmmm.

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