Anti-cancer effect of Alliums

Munday, R and Munday, CM. Relative Activities of Organosulfur Compounds Derived from Onions and Garlic in Increasing Tissue Activities of Quinone Reductase and Glutathione Transferase in Rat Tissues. Nutr Cancer 40(2)205-10.

This study confirmed suggestions from previous research that the organosulfur compounds of garlic and onions could help in the prevention and cure of cancer.  It is done by speeding up the second phase of the liver detox system.  This is a mechanism which could speed up detoxification as a whole, eliminating toxic waste in the body.


Cipolla, BG, Mandron, E, et al. Effect of Sulforaphane in Men with Biochemical Recurrence after Radical Prostatectomy. Cancer Prev Res (Phila) 8(8)712-9.

This was a double-blinded, randomized, placebo-controlled, multicenter trial including 78 prostate patients.  It showed that the daily administration of free sulforaphane shows promise in the management of prostate cancer after radical prostatectomy.  It might also help to reduce the risk of recurrence of the cancer.


Okano, J, Fujise, Y, et al. Chemoprevention against Hepatocellular Carcinoma. Clin J Gastroenterol. 4(4)185-97. PMID: 26189518

In this review article, sulpforaphane is listed as one of the natural substaces wich has protective activity against liver cancer.  This is valuable as many chronic liver conditions such as hepatitis may result in liver cancer if no protective measures are taken.