Wednesday, March 3, 2010

New Test Suggests Garlic has Anti-Cancer Properties

Source: Science Daily (Summary by NIM)

Although garlic may not actually ward off vampires, it's certain to deliver a bold, exciting punch of flavour to any recipe. What's more - it may also protect against heart disease and has been shown to have antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal activity.

Garlic contains antioxidants called thiosulfinates, which scavenge for free radicals, preventing their ability to damage cells and cellular processes. Thanks to a new pilot study, we may have more evidence that garlic consumption may curb the ability of carcinogens within our bodies to cause cancer.

In the new study, urine markers were used to detect the presence of known carcinogens as well as for the level of garlic consumed. It was found that with increasing levels of garlic consumption, there was a lesser presence of the carcinogen in the urine. According to the senior researcher of the study from Ohio State University's Comprehensive Cancer Center, "Our results showed that those were inversely related to one another -- meaning that the more we had the marker for garlic consumption, the less there was of the marker for the risk of cancer."

To find out more about the study, check out the article called "New Testing Method Hints at Garlic's Cancer-Fighting Potential" from Science Daily (Mar. 2, 2010).