Tuesday, October 31, 2000

Garlic 'protects against cancer'

Scientists have uncovered fresh evidence that garlic can protect against some forms of cancer.

The research, by a team from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, shows that people who eat raw or cooked garlic regularly cut their risk of stomach cancer by about a half compared with those who eat none.

They also cut their risk of colorectal cancer by as much as two-thirds.

Lead researcher Professor Lenore Arab said: "There seems to be a strong, consistent protective effect for people who are regular garlic consumers.

"It doesn't matter if they're consuming garlic in China or in the United States, the effect is still there."

However, the researchers found no such benefit from taking garlic supplements.

Source BBC News


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