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Eat Garlic To Cut Lung Cancer Risk

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Eating raw garlic twice a week could potentially halve the risk of developing lung cancer.

Writing in the journal Cancer Prevention Research,  Scientists from the Jiangsu Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention in China report on their study carried out between 2003 and 2010, the aim of which was to analyse the link between raw garlic consumption and lung cancer.

The researchers collected dietary data from 1,424 lung cancer patients, alongside 4,543 healthy controls.

The information was collected through face-to-face interviews with the participants, who were asked to answer a standard questionnaire disclosing information on diet and lifestyle habits, including how often they ate garlic and whether they smoked.

Results showed that those who consumed raw garlic on a regular basis as a part of their diet (two or more times a week), had a 44% decreased risk of developing lung cancer.

According to the authors, “Protective association between intake of raw garlic and lung cancer has been observed with a dose-response pattern, suggesting that garlic may potentially serve as a chemo-preventive agent for lung cancer.”

Protective even if you smoke…

Lung cancer is the second most common type of cancer in both men and women. Long-term smoking is the most common cause of lung cancer, accounting for 9 out of every 10 cases of the disease.

Interestingly, when the scientists looked specifically at those who smoked, they found that eating raw garlic still decreased their risk of lung cancer by around 30%.

The researchers say that the link between garlic and lung cancer prevention warrant further in-depth investigation.

Protective compounds

In truth garlic has been widely researched. In 2006 a special edition of the Journal of Nutrition focused entirely on garlic found that it may have preventive properties against certain forms of cancer.

For example, a study from the New York Presbyterian Hospital and Weill Cornell Medical Center suggested that selenium, a compound found in garlic, may possess an anti-cancer property.

Another paper from the Medical University of South Carolina, found thatorganosulphur compounds found in garlic may play a part in killing brain cancer cells.

The widely used herb has also been cited as preventing and treating other ailments, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.

One Third of Wild-Caught Fish Sold to U.S. Caught by Illegal Fish Pirates

As much as one-third of all wild-caught fish imported into the U.S. may be coming from illegal “pirate” fishing operations, finds a new study.

Illegal fishing is a massive industry—worth as much as $2.1 billion. But it’s causing scientists to be concerned because there’s no government intervention to help reduce overfishing or to regulate it so that consumers know exactly where their food came from.

The study, published in the journal Marine Policy, looked at data on seafood imported into the U.S. in 2011, reports National Geographic.

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James Cameron on Saving the Planet, One Vegan Dish at a Time

Two years ago, director, writer, and producer James Cameron decided to go vegan to save the planet.

“The single biggest thing that an individual can do to combat climate change is to stop eating animals because of the huge carbon footprint of animal agriculture,” said Cameron.

Recently, Cameron credits his youthful energy and healthier appearance with his vegan lifestyle, during a Reddit Q&A. He feels like he’s “set the clock back 15 years.”

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