If you are a cigarette smoker, or you just live in a highly polluted area, your chances of getting lung cancer are higher than average. Did you know, though, that eating raw garlic has been proven to cut the risk of developing lung cancer in half?
A study published in Cancer Prevention Research, has shown that people who consume raw garlic as part of the regular diet are 44% less likely to suffer from this debilitating cancer.
Researchers with the Jiangsu Provincial Center for Disease Control looked at more than 1400 lung cancer patients and 4500 healthy adults and their lifestyle habits, and found that garlic consumption was one of the leading ways to reduce risk.
The most startling fact from their study might be this; however:
Garlic is now considered a chemo-preventative food, and it offers a host of other healing benefits as well.
Garlic also offers the following health boosting benefits along with reducing the chance of developing lung cancer:
Reduce Lung Cancer Risk - Study
can stave off lung cancer even for smokers,
is important because lung cancer remains the most contracted form of
cancer in Canada,
according to Lung Cancer Canada.
Eating garlic may not give off the most fragrant of odors, but consuming raw garlic twice a week can cut the chances of lung cancer almost in half, according to a report in The Daily Telegraph.
The study, published online in Cancer Prevention Research, links the consumption of raw garlic to a lowered risk of lung cancer - even for smokers. Whether cooked garlic has the same benefits has not been investigated yet.
When scientists at the Jiangsu Provincial Centre for Disease Control and Prevention in China looked at at 4,500 adults in perfect health and 1,424 adults with lung cancer, they discovered that those who ate raw garlic at least twice weekly had a significantly lower chance of contracting lung cancer.
Scientists worked it out to be a 44% less likely chance. Findings were similar even if the adults smoked or were near cooking fumes, with a 30% less likely chance.
Garlic has been thought of as a wonder herb, said to help with stomach troubles and even has a positive affect on stomach and colon cancers. This is because of a chemical called allicin.
This research, especially the fact that raw garlic can stave off lung cancer even for smokers, is important because lung cancer remains the most contracted form of cancer in Canada, according to Lung Cancer Canada. In 2013, 25,500 Canadians will be diagnosed. One in 12 Canadians will be diagnosed every year. Smoking is the most common cause of lung cancer.
The Canadian Cancer Society considers smoking or exposure to second-hand smoke triggers for lung cancer, and cooking food at a high temperature to be a possible trigger.
They also recommend a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, particularly broccoli, cabbage and the like, which are thought to help prevent cancer.
But don’t go crazy with the raw garlic - according to a 2007 CBC report, the safe amount of raw garlic is one to two cloves a day.