Can Garlic Cure Cancer? We Look at the Research

Tags: Breast Cancer, Cancer, Cancer of the Larynx, Colon Cancer, Colorectal Cancer, Garlic, Gastric Cancer, Prostate Cancer, Selenium, Stomach Cancer

We know that garlic fights heart disease, and a lot of people are searching online using the term “garlic cures cancer.”

While it’s true that the selenium benefits in garlic fight heart disease and protect against cancer and heavy metal toxicity, you can’t say it “cures” cancer.

A number of studies have reported on garlic’s ability to fight cancer, but further research is needed to clarify the precise role of garlic in this battle. Several population studies have shown a link between garlic in the diet and a decrease in the risk for colorectal and gastric cancer, and one clove of garlic daily may decrease the risk of developing prostate cancer. Recent reviews of more than 30 live studies report some protective effect against cancer in about 75 percent of the published articles.

Also, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition says that research and studies on garlic have “suggested a protective effect of high intakes of garlic against cancers of the stomach, colon and rectum, breast, prostate, and larynx. Since the results of this review were published, 3 additional studies of garlic consumption and cancer reported results supporting this hypothesis.”

There is still ongoing research into the precise role of garlic as an anticarcinogenic food, but for now, we are certain that garlic is more than a flavorful spice; it’s a warrior against disease.

So, is it safe to say that garlic cures cancer? It’s probably wiser to say that it can help in preventing it.