in destroying human glioblastoma cells, a common, fast growing and life threatening type of brain tumor.
The study was conducted by researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina and appeared in the scientific journal Cancer.
When tested in the lab, these type of tumor cells were successfully destroyed by compounds from within the garlic.
As sulphone hydroxyl ions in garlic are so small, they should also be able to penetrate the blood-brain barrier in a human and may reproduce the effect there.
One of the leading researchers, Ray, commented "This research highlights the great promise of plant-originated compounds as natural medicine for controlling the malignant growth of human brain tumor cells”.
The researchers stated more years of research would need to be conducted before it was able to turn their discovery into a medicine.
and let it sit for fifteen minutes before eating or cooking it. This time
allows for the release of an enzyme (allinase) that produces the
Study reference - Das, A., Banik, N. L. and Ray, S. K. (2007), "Garlic compounds generate reactive oxygen species leading to activation of stress kinases and cysteine proteases for apoptosis in human glioblastoma T98G and U87MG cells." Cancer, 110: 1083–1095. doi: 10.1002/cncr.22888
It can be used as part of treatment for any type of cancer, both in tackling the cancer itself and in supporting the immune system to do the same and to protect the body against colds (which would be especially important during chemotherapy treatments when the immune system of an individual has been compromised).
Garlic in excess can cause problems and reactions in the body, so my advice is to include small amounts of it in your diet, you could add a little in with your main meal, (just as I do every day). One of the authors of the study above suggests to use raw garlic which has been cut and left for 15 minutes to activate cancer fighting enzymes in it. This sounds like good advice to follow.