Garlic and onions protect against stomach cancer

May 17, 2006 in Cancer Prevention, Nutrition Topics in the News

Garlic and onions protect against stomach cancer

In the largest study of its kind, researchers have found that garlic and onions may protect against stomach cancer.

The study, part of the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) followed over 520,000 with an average age of 52. Usual dietary intake was measured using a validated questionnaire.

After a follow up period of over six years, researchers found that an increase in the intake of onions and garlic of 10 grams per day was associated with a 30 percent reduction in the risk of intestinal gastric cancer.

Stomach cancer is the fourth most frequent cancer in the world, with over 800,000 new cases every year.

These findings confirm previous findings by American researchers that suggested onion extracts could inhibit the growth of liver and colon cancers in vitro (e.g. in test tubes).

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