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New testing method hints at garlic's cancer-fighting potential
Date:3/1/2010

ential carcinogens. A single garlic clove typically can weigh between 1 and 5 grams.

Vitamin C had a similar effect in lowering the marker for nitrosation.

Harrison, also an investigator in the Center for Advanced Functional Foods Research and Entrepreneurship at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, noted that previous research has suggested that garlic and other plants with sulfur-containing compounds offer a variety of potential health benefits. Many questions remain about exactly what those benefits are and precisely how garlic works as a nutritional intervention.

"The precise mechanism by which garlic and other compounds affect nitrosation is under extensive investigation, but is not clear at this time," he said.

"What this research does suggest, however, is that garlic may play some role in inhibiting formation of these nitrogen-based toxic substances. This was very small pilot study, so it's also possible that the more garlic you have, the better it would be.

"So if you like garlic and you like garlic-containing foods, go out and have as much as you want. There's no indication it's going to hurt you, and it may well help you."


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Contact: Earl Harrison
harrison.304@osu.edu
614-292-8189
Ohio State University
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