How this aromatic bulb may hold the key to fighting cancer

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garlic-offers-cancer-fighting-benefits(NaturalHealth365)  If the thought of eating garlic mashed potatoes or zucchini pasta with garlic sauce makes you a bit hesitant, rest assured you are not alone.  This herb satisfies the taste buds, but the powerful scent of garlic can linger on your breath for hours.

Even if you dislike the scent of garlic, it is in your best interest to consume it, especially if you have a family history of cancer.  As detailed below, this aromatic bulb has properties that prevent and combat cancer.

Pungent herb possesses medicinal properties – anticancer, antimicrobial, plus much more

Garlic, also called allium sativum L., is one of the world’s oldest herbs developed for its medicinal properties.  Though few know it, garlic has pharmacological components that range from antiarthritic to antitumor, antithrombotic, antimicrobial, and more.  However, it is the herb’s anticancer properties that are most intriguing.

Add it to your diet, and you’ll sleep more soundly knowing the entrée you consumed earlier in the afternoon or evening provided protection against cancer.  Garlic’s bioactive molecules attack cancerous cells, often killing them.  In particular, the herb’s most effective bioactive molecules include diallyl sulfide, diallyl disulfide, allyl mercaptan, allicin, and trisulfide.

What types of cancer does garlic prevent and fend off?

The wonderful herb is a powerhouse for preventing and combating many forms of cancer.  Studies have shown that its phytoconstituents significantly impact a range of cancers, including pancreatic, liver, colorectal, breast, ovarian, skin, oral, and prostate cancer.  These phytoconstituents have been extensively analyzed and have been found to have anticancer properties.

This herb’s bioactive molecules have been found to prevent several stages of cancer, ranging from the initiation phase to promotion and progression.  In addition, the herb’s nanoformulations have been shown to change lipid peroxidation, nuclear factor-kB, protein kinase, and other molecular pathways involved in cancer development.

As research into the herb’s anticancer properties continues, this seemingly magical herb may gradually expand beyond use in food to use as a pharmaceutical that helps treat cancer.  In addition, garlic may also be used in the development of antitumor drugs.  With all these benefits, incorporating it into your diet is a no-brainer.

How to incorporate garlic into your diet

Fortunately, there are ways to enjoy garlic without worrying about bad breath.  One option is to roast whole garlic cloves and spread the soft, caramelized garlic on bread or crackers.  Another option is to add chopped or minced garlic to dressings, marinades, or soups for a burst of flavor.  Additionally, it can be pickled or fermented and used as a condiment, adding a tangy and savory kick to any dish.

For those who prefer a more subtle taste, the herb can be added to smoothies or fresh juices for a nutritional boost.  And if you’re a fan of roasted vegetables, try tossing some cloves with olive oil and your favorite veggies before roasting for a delicious and healthy side dish.

Ultimately, incorporating garlic into your daily diet can be as simple as a flavor enhancer in your favorite dishes or exploring new recipes featuring this versatile herb.  So why not add some garlic to your next meal and enjoy its potential health benefits?

Sources for this article include:

NIH.gov
NIH.gov


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