Until seven years ago, most of us thought that the only people who get lung cancer are smokers or miners. Then, in 2006, Dana Reeves, wife of actor Christopher Reeves, died at the age of 44 from lung cancer. She never smoked and she never worked in a mine. Suddenly, the world realized anyone can get cancer in their lungs. But you don't have to be one of them.
A recent study found that you can lower your risk of developing lung cancer by 44%. And all you have to do is eat raw garlic two or more times a week.
The study came out of Jiangsu Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention in China. The researchers followed 1,424 lung cancer patients and 4,543 healthy controls between 2003 and 2010. They wanted to find out if there was a link between eating raw garlic and lung cancer.
The researchers conducted face-to-face interviews with each of the participants to gather data on their diet and lifestyle habits. This included how often they ate garlic. But it also looked at whether they smoked or not.
The results revealed that those who ate raw garlic at least twice a week had a significantly lower risk of developing lung cancer.
While smoking accounts for 9 out of 10 cases of lung cancer, there are other causes of lung cancer that can get any one of us. Prevention is much better than treatment. And garlic can help you prevent lung cancer, even if you're a smoker. The researchers in this study found that raw garlic reduced the risk of lung cancer in smokers by about 30%. That's powerful protection, as smoking provides a direct assault on the cells of your lungs.
What's more, garlic will protect you from more than just lung cancer. Others studies show it can prevent many other forms of cancer as well. And it will help you beat viruses like the common cold. It also can help treat your high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes.
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In my opinion, you can't eat too much garlic - though your spouse (and anyone else who gets close to you) will likely disagree. I love to eat it in my salad with olive oil and vinegar dressing. If you can't eat garlic regularly, consider taking a garlic supplement. One of the best on the market is Kyolic, which you can find at any grocery store, drugstore, health food store, and online. Take up to four capsules daily for prevention.
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