Garlic good for fighting cancer cells

Posted by Puteri | 8/30/2007 10:51:00 PM | | 4 comments »

Garlic has become a popular food supplement for the support of a healthy cardiovascular system. Garlic contains the chemicals alliin and allinase, and when combined produce allicin — the active ingredient in garlic which most scientists believe is responsible for providing this important support for cardiovascular health.

The following story about what garlic can do sounds very promising. A friend of mine died of brain cancer while in his early thirties.

CHARLESTON, S.C., Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Garlic can kill cells that cause glioblastoma, a brain cancer that is usually fatal, researchers in South Carolina have found.

Swapan Ray and Narendra Banik, neurosciences professors at the Medical University of South Carolina, said their discovery came during a search for a way to kill the cancer without harming healthy cells, The (Charleston, S.C.) Post and Courier reported.

"In the disease, you want to kill the cells, but you want to protect others," Banik told the newspaper. "Our tests were to see how effective the compounds were."

Banik, Ray and post-doctoral fellow Arabinda Das tested several organic compounds on cancerous cells. They included garlic in the test program because of its reputation for having healing powers.

Three organo-sulfur compounds they tested effectively stopped the cancerous cells, Ray said.

"This research highlights the great promise of plant-originated compounds as natural medicine for controlling the malignant growth of human brain tumor cells," Ray said.

More studies are needed in animals before the therapeutic strategy can be applied to human patients, Ray said.

The research will be published next month in the American Cancer Society's journal, Cancer.

UPI Story via Science Daily News

4 comments

  1. pat // 5:31 AM, August 31, 2007  

    nadai gik alasan ka nggai makai garlic.

  2. Puteri // 10:06 AM, August 31, 2007  

    nya lah, walaupun ngasoh tut tut, gasak aja dia, asal sihat!

  3. pat // 5:20 PM, August 31, 2007  

    manah iya ka tut..enti angin nadai keluar,pedis tubuh.

  4. Puteri // 6:00 PM, August 31, 2007  

    amat, enti sebung perut, tusah agi. Manah agi keluar!

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