Garlic and grape seed have been excellent warriors in the fight against cancer for an unknown number of years. Garlic’s use dates back to the early days of Asian medicine and before. Grapes and their components have been used in ancient times as well.
Now in the day when it seems every food or herb has to be “scientifically” dissected, a new report tells us what we, in natural health, already know. The sad part is that true to form, the medical researchers always say they have to do more research because they have most likely overlooked the tomes at the Lloyd Library.
What ever the facts here’s the latest –
|An article published online on July 29, 2011 in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Preventionreveals a link between increased use of garlic, grape and multivitamin supplements and a lower risk of hematologic malignancies, including Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphomas, leukemia and myeloma.Researchers from Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the University of Washington in Seattle examined data from 66,227 men and women aged 50 to 76 enrolled in the VITamins And Lifestyle (VITAL) study, which was created to evaluate the impact of dietary supplement use on cancer risk. Responses toquestionnaires completed by the participants between 2000 and 2002 were used to estimate ten year average daily dose of each supplemental vitamin, mineral or specialty supplement consumed prior to enrollment.
Five hundred eighty-eight hematologic malignancies were identified among the study subjects through December, 2008 via cancer registry data. Among those who reported using garlic supplements for at least four days a week over three or more years, there was a 45 percent lower adjusted risk of a hematologic cancer compared to those who reported no use. For grape seed extract, the risk was 43 percent lower in those who reported ever using the supplement compared to nonusers. Daily use of multivitamin supplements for at least eight years was associated with a non-significant 20 percent lower risk of hematologic malignancies in comparison with no use.
Possible mechanisms for garlic include modulation of carcinogen metabolism, protection against DNA damage, improved antioxidant defenses and DNA repair, and increased programmed cell death of cancer cells. Grape seed is an additional source of antioxidants, and possesses anti-inflammatory properties.
“This is the first cohort study to suggest a possible role of these supplements in the chemoprevention of hematologic malignancies,” the authors announce. “Our findings suggest a possible role of these supplements in the chemoprevention of hematologic malignancies, but further, controlled studies will need to confirm these findings.”
SOURCE Other supplements for cancers are listed as well.