Garlic and allicin
Garlic and allicin (Salem Health: Cancer)
Cancers treated or prevented: Gastric (stomach) cancer, colon cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, throat cancer
Delivery routes: Oral ingestion by pill or in food
How this compound works: Historically, humans have consumed garlic for medicinal purposes to soothe digestive and circulatory problems. Aware of nutritional strategies to prevent and control diseases, scientists initiated cancer research exploring garlic and its allyl sulfur components in the mid-twentieth century. Researchers identified allicin as garlic’s most significant chemical that could fight cancer. Allicin is created as the enzyme alliinase reacts with alliin when garlic bulbs are sliced or crushed. Scientists hypothesized that biochemical processes in garlic which boost distribution of antioxidants might prevent cancerous cells from forming and increasing.
Studies regarding use of garlic and allicin for cancer prevention and treatment have given rise to both skepticism and optimism. In 1990, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) studied the potential use of allium vegetables, including garlic, for stomach cancer. That year, researchers attended the First World Congress on the Health Significance of Garlic in Washington, D.C. Despite some scientists’ suggestion that garlic and its allyl sulfur components could prevent or inhibit malignancies, experts emphasized that garlic’s anticancer effectiveness...
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