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For which cancer is Garlic beneficial for?

May 14, 2022

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Nutrition is the single most effective tool which cancer patients can control for managing cancers like Myeloproliferative Neoplasms or 5q+ Myelodysplastic Syndrome – hence it is important to identify those Foods and Supplements which are scientifically recommended for you. A frequently asked question is if foods like Garlic are beneficial for cancer and along with which treatments? There is a mis-conception that all plant-based foods are good for all cancers and all of them are equal in terms of their benefits or their lack of. The reality is that some plant-based foods will be better than others for a specific type of cancer, treatments and other conditions. So Garlic benefits will vary and the answer is contextual.

For example, grapefruit with certain medications is not recommended. Also spinach with some blood thinning medications can cause adverse interactions and hence intake should be reduced. For cancer, nutrition which includes food and supplements are important decisions which need to be made.

So are there types of cancer where Garlic has more benefits? Yes! Garlic is beneficial for 5q+ Myelodysplastic Syndrome patients taking Dexamethasone treatment. But has adverse interactions for Myeloproliferative Neoplasms patients on Daunorubicin treatment.

For 5q+ Myelodysplastic Syndrome along with Dexamethasone – biochemical pathways like Apoptosis (Intrinsic Apoptosis), MYC Signaling, Cell Cycle (Proliferation), Notch Signaling (NOTCH1 Signaling) and MAPK Signaling are potential drivers of the disease. Garlic has active ingredients which can manipulate these biochemical pathways to reduce the disease drivers and hence are scientifically beneficial. But for Myeloproliferative Neoplasms along with Daunorubicin – biochemical pathways like JAK-STAT Signaling, DNA Repair (Homology Directed Repair), NFKB Signaling, DNA Repair (Non-homologous end-joining) and Hypoxia (Hypoxia Response) are potential drivers of the disease. Garlic has active ingredients which can increase disease drivers like JAK-STAT Signaling, DNA Repair (Homology Directed Repair), NFKB Signaling, DNA Repair (Non-homologous end-joining) and Hypoxia (Hypoxia Response) and hence intake should be reduced.

Similarly, eating Garlic can have scientific benefits for healthy individuals who have a gene mutation in FLT3 which suggests potential risk of cancer. This is because of biochemical pathways PI3K-AKT-MTOR Signaling (PI3K-AKT Signaling), JAK-STAT Signaling, RAS-RAF Signaling (RAS Signaling) and MAPK Signaling. But reduce intake of Garlic when at genetic risk of cancer due to mutation of gene ASXL1 due to its manipulation of biochemical pathways Oncogenic Cancer Epigenetics (CpG Methylation) and Suppressive Histone Methylation (Histone 3 Lysine 27 Methylation) causing cancer drivers to increase.

The takeaway being – for Myeloproliferative Neoplasms, 5q+ Myelodysplastic Syndrome and other cancers individual conditions can influence if foods like Garlic are recommended or not. As conditions like ongoing treatments, supplements, habits and other conditions change; the nutrition plan must be re-designed and personalized. Whether Myeloproliferative Neoplasms or 5q+ Myelodysplastic Syndrome or other cancer types -, current treatments and supplements, age, gender, weight, height, lifestyle and genetic conditions are also key decision factors for creating a personalized nutrition plan.



Why is the choice of foods important for cancer?

Foods like Garlic typically contain more than one active ingredient at varying concentrations. Each of these active ingredients like Oleanolic Acid has a unique molecular biological mechanism of action. Cancer like most diseases is driven by specific biochemical pathways and molecular interventions of the pathway can be beneficial or create adverse interactions. Hence for Myeloproliferative Neoplasms, 5q+ Myelodysplastic Syndrome and other cancers there is a need to personalize which foods and supplements to take and regularly evaluate if foods like Garlic are recommended or not.

Garlic for 5q+ Myelodysplastic Syndrome taking Dexamethasone Garlic for Myeloproliferative Neoplasms with Daunorubicin treatment

So some of the example questions one may have related to Garlic can be: Is Garlic beneficial for me? Should I eat it when at genetic cancer risk due to mutation of gene ASXL1? Should I eat Garlic when a mutation of a gene FLT3 is identified? Should I eat Garlic when diagnosed with Myeloproliferative Neoplasms? Should I eat Garlic when diagnosed with 5q+ Myelodysplastic Syndrome? Should I eat Garlic when on Daunorubicin treatment? Should I continue eating Garlic if my treatment changes from Daunorubicin to Dexamethasone? Are the implications of taking Garlic in 5q+ Myelodysplastic Syndrome the same as Myeloproliferative Neoplasms? And so on.

Garlic and cancer

Garlic (Allium sativum L.) is a widely consumed spice in the world. Garlic contains diverse bioactive compounds, such as allicin, alliin, diallyl sulfide, diallyl disulfide, diallyl trisulfide, ajoene, and S-allyl-cysteine. 

Garlic contains many active ingredients like Oleanolic Acid, Vitamin C, Quercetin, Apigenin, Ajoene and many other Bioactives at different concentrations. The molecular pathways which are regulated by Garlic include JAK-STAT Signaling, Apoptosis (Intrinsic Apoptosis), MYC Signaling, Oncogenic Cancer Epigenetics (CpG Methylation), Suppressive Histone Methylation (Histone 3 Lysine 27 Methylation) and many others. These cellular pathways directly or indirectly influence cancer molecular endpoints like growth, spread and death. Because of this biological relationship – for cancer, choosing foods like Garlic and supplements is an important decision to be made. And not necessarily the same food choices are scientifically best for all individuals.

Include Garlic in my nutrition?

The answer to the question “Which Foods to Eat” and “Which Foods to Reduce Intake of” is dependent on multiple factors. Just like the same treatment does not work for every cancer patient, based on individual context the Garlic may have scientific benefits or have adverse interactions. Along with which cancer – the ongoing treatments, supplements, lifestyle habits, height, weight, allergies and food preferences are all factors influencing answers to the question.

1. Any benefits of Garlic for Myeloproliferative Neoplasms with Daunorubicin treatment?

Myeloproliferative Neoplasms is known to have mutations in gene like JAK2, CALR and TET2 and others which together cause biochemical pathway changes in JAK-STAT Signaling, DNA Repair (Homology Directed Repair), NFKB Signaling, DNA Repair (Non-homologous end-joining) and Hypoxia (Hypoxia Response). A cancer treatment like Daunorubicin has molecular action on a unique set of biochemical pathways . The treatment intent is to have a good overlap with the cancer driving pathways and reduce the disease drivers. In such conditions foods which can scientifically cancel out the treatment effect by reducing the overlap between the cancer driving pathways and treatment are candidates for reducing intake of or completely avoid. For example – in the case of Myeloproliferative Neoplasms and treatment Daunorubicin – Garlic is not recommended. Garlic impacts pathways or processes like JAK-STAT Signaling which can negate the effects of the treatment.

2. Any benefits of Garlic for 5q+ Myelodysplastic Syndrome with Dexamethasone treatment?

5q+ Myelodysplastic Syndrome is defined and driven by specific genetic mutations like CSNK1A1, APC and RPS14 leading to biochemical pathway changes in Apoptosis (Intrinsic Apoptosis), MYC Signaling, Cell Cycle (Proliferation), Notch Signaling (NOTCH1 Signaling) and MAPK Signaling. Also treatments like Dexamethasone have molecular action on a unique set of biochemical pathways. Garlic should be considered for 5q+ Myelodysplastic Syndrome while on Dexamethasone treatment. Garlic impacts pathways or processes like Apoptosis (Intrinsic Apoptosis) and MYC Signaling which can either reduce drivers of 5q+ Myelodysplastic Syndrome and/or improve Dexamethasone treatment effect.

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3. Any benefits of Garlic for gene ASXL1 associated cancer genetic risk?

Many companies offer gene panel tests for evaluating genetic risk to different cancers. These panels cover genes like ASXL1 and many others associated with high prevalence cancers of breast, ovary, uterus, prostate and gastrointestinal system and others. The intent of the genetic testing of ASXL1 is for diagnosis and/or to find out any potential risk factors for cancer. ASXL1 mutation causes biochemical pathways or processes like Oncogenic Cancer Epigenetics (CpG Methylation) and Suppressive Histone Methylation (Histone 3 Lysine 27 Methylation) to get impacted. Cancer molecular endpoints like apoptosis, proliferation and spread are impacted by pathways like Oncogenic Cancer Epigenetics (CpG Methylation) and Suppressive Histone Methylation (Histone 3 Lysine 27 Methylation). Intake of foods like Garlic should be reduced when there is a mutation of ASXL1 for risk of Chronic myelomonocytic leukemia and Myelodysplastic Syndrome. Garlic impacts pathways or processes like Oncogenic Cancer Epigenetics (CpG Methylation) and Suppressive Histone Methylation (Histone 3 Lysine 27 Methylation) and creates adverse effects with ASXL1 mutation.

4. Any benefits of Garlic for gene FLT3 associated cancer genetic risk?

FLT3 is also one of many genes available in panels for cancer risk testing. FLT3 mutation causes biochemical pathways or processes like PI3K-AKT-MTOR Signaling (PI3K-AKT Signaling), JAK-STAT Signaling, RAS-RAF Signaling (RAS Signaling) and MAPK Signaling to get impacted. Cancer molecular endpoints like apoptosis, proliferation and spread are impacted by pathways like PI3K-AKT-MTOR Signaling (PI3K-AKT Signaling), JAK-STAT Signaling, RAS-RAF Signaling (RAS Signaling) and MAPK Signaling. Intake of foods like Garlic should be considered when Acute Myeloid Leukemia risk is identified due to gene FLT3 mutation. Garlic impacts biochemical pathways or processes like PI3K-AKT-MTOR Signaling (PI3K-AKT Signaling) and JAK-STAT Signaling associated with genetic risk to FLT3 mutation.

* Other Factors Included Like BMI, Lifestyle Habits, Treatments

In Conclusion

Personalized nutrition planning for cancer can inform if foods like Garlic are recommended or not. Nutrition is the single most effective tool which cancer patients can control and nutrition decisions are dependent on questions like “Is Garlic beneficial for me?”

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What food you eat and which supplements you take is a decision you make. Your decision should include consideration of the cancer gene mutations, which cancer, ongoing treatments and supplements, any allergies, lifestyle information, weight, height and habits.

The nutrition planning for cancer from addon is not based on internet searches. It automates the decision making for you based on molecular science implemented by our scientists and software engineers. Irrespective of whether you care to understand the underlying biochemical molecular pathways or not - for nutrition planning for cancer that understanding is needed.

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