Vampires and cancer, beware! Garlic, onions and the other
allium vegetables are known to help ward off many forms of
those of the stomach, esophagus and colon. The Chinese include
a high amount of these vegetables in their diets, and also
have the lowest rates of prostate cancer in the world.
A recent study conducted in Shanghai, China, and appearing
in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute examined
the diets of 238 men with prostate cancer and 471 cancer-free
men of similar ages randomly selected from the general population.
Specifically, amounts of allium vegetables (garlic, onions,
scallions, shallots, chives and leeks) eaten were compared
between the two groups.
Men who ate the most allium vegetables (a mere one-third
of an ounce per day or more) were 50% less likely to have
prostate cancer than those who ate the least. Scallions and
garlic appeared to reduce cancer risk the most; men who ate
the most scallions reduced their risk for prostate cancer
Try to include about two cloves of garlic per day in your
diet, and enjoy an assortment of scallions and onions. Besides
adding flavor to foods, they offer multiple health benefits
and boost your immune system. Men should also consume tomato
products as another weapon in the fight to ward off prostate
cancer, as they provide a powerful antioxidant called lycopene.
Hsing AW, Chokkalingam AP, et al. Allium vegetables and risk
of prostate cancer: A population-based study. Journal of
the National Cancer Institute 2002:94(21), pp. 1648-1651.
Additional information on the benefits of proper nutrition
can be found at http://www.chiroweb.com/tyh/nutrients.html.