Recently published research reveals that garlic extract can help protect against colorectal cancer, the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in the U.S., and the third leading cause of cancer death. In 2014 alone, an estimated 137,000 people were diagnosed.
Using rats induced to develop colorectal cancer, researchers aimed to see what, if any, influence aged garlic extract (AGE) had on the growth of malignant cells.
The researchers noted that AGE decreased the number of aberrant crypt foci—abnormal glands in the lining of the colon and rectum. These irregular clusters of cells are the precursors to polyps, and often the first sign of the potential development of cancer. AGE also suppressed the division and spread of cancerous cells.
The researchers concluded, “These findings suggest that AGE has an antitumor effect through suppression of cell proliferation.”
Jikihara H, et al. Oncol Rep. 2015 Mar;33(3):1131-40.