What “stinks,” tastes terrific, and can reportedly ward off everything from demons to the evil eye?
Well, according to legend, it’s garlic.
In fact, the world over this pungent spice has often been regarded as powerful “medicine” against threats, both big and small.
Roman soldiers ate garlic for courage. Koreans once loaded up on it before heading outside to keep them safe from lurking tigers. And the Greeks both ate it before battle for strength and hung it in birthing rooms to ward off evil spirits.
And, of course, the central Europeans passed down the popular belief that garlic can ward of werewolves and vampires.
But it turns out garlic really CAN help ward off one of the most terrifying threats you could possibly imagine. According to researchers, the potent spice could help wipe out the risk of deadly colon cancer.
Colon cancer tumors claim the lives of countless Americans every year. But a study revealed that garlic, and other related allium veggies such as onions, shallots, and leeks, could slash the risk of the often deadly disease.
In fact, committed allium vegetable fans could watch their colon cancer risk plunge by nearly 80 percent.
And in just a moment, I’ll share a trick with you that could help transform your already potent garlic into an even MORE effective cancer fighter.
Slay “undead” colon cancer cells with garlic
The Chinese study, published in the journal Clinical Oncology, revealed the link between allium veggies and a significantly lower risk for colorectal cancers.
The researchers didn’t speculate much on HOW garlic, and the other tasty vegetables, may have been pulling off this bit of magic.
But we’ve got an excellent idea what’s behind it. And it’s a powerful little compound called allicin.
You see, among allicin’s many confirmed talents is the compound’s apparent ability to slay cancer cells. And, believe it or not, those central Europeans might have actually been onto something with their tall tales about vampires.
But instead of a grave-dwelling, pale guy with fangs, the “undead” we’re talking about here are cancer cells. Because unlike healthy cells, cancer cells don’t die on schedule as they should.
Instead, they stick around, refusing to kick the bucket, and dividing to form more and more tumor-growing cells.
But just like allicin-rich garlic is rumored to fight back against those vampires, it appears it could ALSO be an effective deterrent against colon cancer cells.
Allicin can strip cancer cells of their defenses. And like a stake through the heart, the garlic compound can help force those mutant cells to finally die and STAY dead.
Garlic “hack” sends cancer-protection soaring
Lucky for us, raising allicin levels couldn’t be easier. Embrace garlic and the other allium vegetables.
For example, you can add garlic, onions, or shallots to eggs in the morning, soups and salads at lunch, and everything from stir-fries to pot roasts at night.
But don’t stop there. There’s an easy trick that could transform your cancer-battling garlic into an even more potent tumor-targeting weapon.
To kick up your garlic game a notch skip the pre-crushed and pre-cut garlic you can pick up at the grocery store. It might be convenient, but you’re paying for it by reducing the spice’s cancer-crushing benefits.
Instead, peel and crush the fresh cloves yourself. When you do, you’ll release vital enzymes that enhance the allicin.
But to get the MOST out of the cancer-fighting compound, let the garlic sit for about 15 minutes.
If you can live with the spice’s powerful bite, use your garlic raw for the biggest benefits. But if you have to cook it, do so sparingly. The longer the garlic is exposed to heat, the less impact it will have in fighting back against those cancer cells.
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