Famed actress Sophia Loren attributes her health and lifelong beauty to a simple Mediterranean diet that includes good quality pasta as well as allium vegetables such as garlic and onions. Moreover, studies have shown that the sulfur compound present in allium vegetables may offer protection against certain forms of cancer.

A peer review study that was published in Environmental Health Perspectives in Sep. 2001 under the title of “Allium Vegetables and Organosulfur Compounds: Do They Help Prevent Cancer?” contained this encouraging assessment:

Allium vegetables have been shown to have beneficial effects against several diseases, including cancer. Garlic, onions, leeks, and chives have been reported to protect against stomach and colorectal cancers, although evidence for a protective effect against cancer at other sites, including the breast, is still insufficient. The protective effect appears to be related to the presence of organosulfur compounds and mainly allyl derivatives.

Jonathan Landsman, host for NaturalHealth365.com, offers further support for the carcinogenic-fighting properties of garlic and other allium vegetables in his 2014 report entitled, “Sulfur deficiency triggers cancer epidemic.”

Has conventional oncology forgotten the anti-cancer power of minerals like sulfur? Sulfur enables the transport of oxygen across cell membranes and not only is oxygen needed for healthy cellular regeneration in humans, it is the lack of oxygen that helps cancer cells to grow.

Research has shown that garlic and related sulfur containing compounds inhibit carcinogen-induced tumors in different organs.

Organic garlic has been shown to promote early mitotic arrest followed by apoptotic (cancer cell suicide) – without affecting healthy cells. These studies show that sulfur not only prevents, but helps reverse cancer.

The Relationship Between Oxygen and Cancer

“All normal cells have an absolute requirement for oxygen, but cancer cells can live without oxygen – a rule without exception. Deprive a cell 35% of its oxygen for 48 hours and it may become cancerous.”
-Dr. Otto Warburg (1883-1970)

Director of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute (now Max Planck Institute) for cell physiology at Berlin, Dr. Otto Warburg was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1931 for his in-depth research into the metabolism of tumors and the respiration of cells, particularly cancer cells. Dr. Warburg discovered that healthy body cells meet their energy needs by respirating oxygen, while cancer cells meet most of their energy needs by fermenting sugars. In his work entitled, “The Metabolism of Tumors,” Dr. Warburg determined that all forms of cancer are characterized by two basic conditions: acidosis and hypoxia (lack of oxygen).

Chart: HealthyWaterLife.com

Final Comments

One of the most abundant minerals in our body, sulfur makes up about 140 grams (approx. 5 oz) in an average person.

Sulfur is vitally important for a number of essential physiological processes. For instance, sulfur is needed to synthesize taurine and the master antioxidant known as glutathione. Sulfur also binds the chain of amino acids that form insulin.

Sulfur-rich vegetables not only include garlic and other alliums, they also encompass the brassica family, such as cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts.

A clinical professor of medicine named Terry Wahls, MD, is renown for recovering from secondary progressive multiple sclerosis through diet and a lifestyle program. Dr. Wahls talked about her remarkable recovery in the online video documentary series called “Vaccines Revealed.” In Mark Sisson’s article entitled, “Why You Should Eat Sulfur-Rich Vegetables,” the author says that Dr. Wahls recommends the consumption of three cups of sulfur-rich vegetables every day.


Review: Allium Vegetables and Organosulfur Compounds: Do They Help Prevent Cancer?
by Franca Bianchini and Harri Vainio
Unit of Chemoprevention, International Agency for Research on Cancer, Lyon, France
Environmental Health Perspectives • VOLUME 109 | NUMBER 9 | September 2001
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Why You Should Eat Sulfur-Rich Vegetables
By Mark Sisson | Mark’s Daily Apple
Feb 7, 2012
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Sulfur deficiency triggers cancer epidemic
Jonathan Landsman | NaturalHealth365
Feb 2, 2014
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How to Stay Beautiful like Sophia Loren
By Gail Kavanagh | Life in Italy
Sep 16, 2015
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Dr. Otto Warburg’s Great Discovery!
Healthy Water Life – IonNation
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About Terry Wahls
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Garlic and other sulfur vegetables may have anti-cancer properties
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