Although garlic enhances the flavor of many food dishes like shrimp scampi and spaghetti sauce, the tiny white clove has somewhat of a bad reputation. One rumor is that garlic’s odor is so strong it can keep vampires away. We know it can prevent first dates from leading to second ones. But now there’s good news on the garlic front: scientific studies show that garlic can play an important role in fighting lung cancer.
Studies have long shown that smoking is one of the main causes of people developing lung cancer, but non-smokers can contract the insidious disease too. It’s important for people to learn all they can about ways to protect themselves from the malady.
A new study by Chinese scientists links the consumption of raw garlic to a reduction in lung cancer by up to 44 percent. Researchers conducted interviews with 1,424 cancer patients and 4,534 healthy control subjects to find out about their lifestyles and diets. Garlic, in particular, was studied in terms of who are it and how often.
The study concluded that the effective compounds in raw garlic in lung cancer chemoprevention were strong enough to warrant deeper investigation. They concluded that diallyl disulfide, an organosulfur compound derived from garlic and a few other genus Allium plants, may be the root cause of garlic’s lung cancer preventative potential.
As past studies have shown conclusively, the study showed smoking was once again shown the major cause of lung cancer. The study indicated smoking increased the chance of contracting lung cancer over nonsmokers by 250 percent. Other contributing factors in the Chinese study included exposure to nearby factory smoke and fumes, the consumption of fried foods and family lung cancer history