- Washington (IANS) - Garlic
has properties to ward off cancer and heart attacks, a new study has
- About five raw or cooked cloves of this pungent vegetable
per week are enough to lower the risk of cancer by 30 to 40 percent,
to a report in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
- The report, which compiled the results of 13 studies,
says garlic can lower blood cholesterol by four to six percent.
- But in studies in which people also followed a
diet, garlic offered no added benefit.
- While recent studies suggest that some people may
garlic's cholesterol-related benefits, research continues to show it offers
heart-health benefits and may help ward off cancer.
- A study in the Journal of Nutrition showed a 10 percent
drop in LDL, or bad, cholesterol, but another in the Journal of the
College of Cardiology showed no effect at all.
- Garlic may promote heart health without lowering blood
cholesterol, however. Studies show that it can decrease clotting
lowering the risk of heart attack and stroke.
- Research continues to bolster the belief that the
may help prevent certain cancers. An overview of several studies published
in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that it lowers the
risk of different cancers by 30 to 50 percent.
- Several studies in recent years have also shown that
substances in garlic can reduce the growth of breast and colon
- Research at Pennsylvania State University shows that
compounds in garlic alter body enzymes that activate or detoxify
potentially blocking cancer development in different body parts.
- Studies show that about five cloves of raw or cooked
garlic per week is enough to lower cancer risk by 30 to 40 percent,
some studies have shown similar results with even a clove a week.
- A key point is that the amount of active ingredients
in garlic varies, depending on how it is used. For example, cooking
one form of the substances it contains.
- But if raw garlic that has just been chopped stands for
10 minutes before being cooked, the active compounds formed during that
period are not destroyed by heat.
- Use of garlic supplements pose important questions, since
they do not necessarily provide larger doses of health-promoting
than fresh garlic. The main benefit is they don't have the flavour or odour
of fresh garlic that many people don't like.
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