I think garlic is a cure for a lot of things, but so do a lot of old wives who have tales. That said, it’s a cool thing when science catches up to the wives’ tales. It happens more often than not.
“Let thy food be thy medicine, and thy medicine be thy food.”
Sometimes I take raw, organic garlic, mix it with a little coconut oil and rub it into my skin. I think it makes it look better. I also eat garlic raw when I feel the slightest cold symptom. Sometimes I dip it into Manuka Honey beforehand. I probably eat garlic 50 times a week, at least. One time I ate it before a date and smelled like garlic. There was no second date. 😉
Let’s cut to the chase:
Papillomas are small, wart-like, benign skin tumors. A study conducted on mice in whom cancer was induced showed that the ingestion of garlic delayed the growth of the tumors and decreased the size and number of papillomas(1). That’s pretty amazing, considering we all have access to garlic.
The researchers speculated the mechanism of action was due to the ability of garlic to induce cellular defense systems. They don’t go into much detail, probably because they don’t know the details, but “inducing cellular defense systems” sounds like garlic is a weapon you want in your arsenal. At the least, it can’t hurt.
- Das, I., et al. Effect of garlic on lipid peroxidation and antioxidation enzymes in DMBA-induced skin carcinoma, Nutrition, 2009, 25: 459-71.