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November 12, 2010 | 2 minute read

Ward off Cancer with Garlic

Today, in our November eNews, you’ll find a delicious recipe using garlic and you can see a short video about how to prepare garlic to get the most cancer protection.

Whether or not garlic will keep vampires away, AICR’s expert report found that it protects against colorectal cancer and, as part of the allium vegetables, also helps prevent stomach cancer.

Scientists are studying several substances in garlic that have anti-cancer properties.  These include:

  • Quercetin – a flavonoid with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
  • Allixin – a phytoalexin (an antimicrobial substance) showing anti-tumor effects in lab studies.
  • Allicin – the major precursor of sulfur compounds that give garlic its characteristic odor and flavor and they are also bioactive substances formed when garlic is chopped, crushed or damaged.  Allicin promotes cell death and inhibits cell growth.

Of course, garlic isn’t a magic bullet for health, but as part of an overall balanced diet with plenty of vegetables, fruits and other plant foods, it can play a role in cancer prevention.  And add a distinct flavor to many dishes.

Try these recipes to add more garlic to your diet:

California Citrus and Greens Salad with Garlic Dressing

Garden Vegetables with Red Pepper Aioli

Broiled Italian Style Portabello Mushrooms

What’s your favorite dish with garlic?

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