Can garlic be an anticancer drug?

- Oct 09, 2019-

Garlic itself does not kill cancer cells, but the ingredients in garlic can promote the immune system to kill cancer cells and even break down cancer cells. So garlic is benefit to cancer patients. In addition to allicin, selenium and strontium contained in garlic are also very effective ingredients for fighting cancer. It can effectively decompose cancer cells, and selenium can not only decompose cancer cells, but also inhibit the growth of cancer cells. Garlicin can inhibits cancer cells.


It has been confirmed that allicin has the effect of preventing the occurrence of gastric cancer. It has obvious inhibitory effect on the growth of nitrate-reducing bacteria. Allicin is isolated from gastric juice and its ability to produce nitrite, and can reduce the content of nitrite in human gastric juice. Thereby the risk of stomach cancer can be reduced.


The immunological indicators of patients treated with allicin also showed that the phagocytosis rate and lymphocyte transformation rate of macrophages in most patients were significantly increased after receiving treatment. CAMP is a negative signal for tumor cell growth, and any pathway to increase intracellular CAMP levels can inhibit the growth of tumor tissues and promote their differentiation. Allicin can increase the level of CAMP in tumor tissues and inhibit the excessive growth and proliferation of tumor tissues."

Xie Yuntao and other researchers study about allicin inhibiting the growth of S180 in mice, the tumor cell membrane and nuclear membrane shrinkage and rupture were observed by transmission electron microscopy. The mitochondria showed swelling and empty gown-like changes, indicating that allicin had a direct killing effect on tumor cells. Zhang Guimei studied the effects of allicin on the killing of macrophages and the inhibition of the activity of mouse S180 sarcoma cells. Studies have shown that allicin alone or in combination with other activators has enhanced giants. The anti-tumor activity of phagocytes enhances the sensitivity of certain tumor cells to macrophage-mediated cytotoxicity.

Sun Li showed that allicin can induce tumor cell apoptosis, which may be related to the decrease of telomerase activity. After telomerase activity decreases, telomere shortens, cell mitosis is blocked, leading to apoptosis. Experiments have shown that epidermal growth factor (EGF) exists in human tumor tissues. EGF is present in the cytoplasm of cancer cells. EGF is not found in the nucleus and non-cancerous parts of cancer cells, and it is suggested that EGF in cancer tissues is produced by human liver cancer cells. .

Moyer demonstrated that allicin can significantly inhibit the expression of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) in human hepatoma cells, and significantly reduce the upregulation of EGFR induced by EGF in human hepatoma cells, thereby inhibiting the growth of cancer cells. Allicin can also inhibit the growth of skin cancer, colon cancer, esophageal cancer, nasopharyngeal cancer, and liver cancer. One reason is that garlic prevents the formation of free radicals and reduces the chance of damage to DNA, cell membranes and cellular proteins.

Garlic is indeed a reliable antibacterial food, which can eliminate bacteria, fungi, parasites and so on. However, in any case, it does not completely replace the drug. However, since garlic contains allicin, and allicin has antibacterial and antioxidant properties, garlic can play a positive role in preventing cancer and protecting immune tissues.