Garlic could help combat cancer, a new study suggests. Researchers at UK Wolverhampton University have been looking into the plant's healing powers and have discovered that it could be an alternative to antibiotics for treating stomach-related illnesses and could even help to prevent cancer, The Birmingham Post writes. The scientists highlighted how a particular garlic compound - ajoene - could be comparable to a major cancer drug and could prevent the growth of leukaemia cells. They have further discovered that garlic extracts, such as powder or oil, can act as an alternative to antibiotics to ease stomach illnesses. Dr David Maslin, who has led the study at the Nutraceuticals Research Group at Wolverhampton University's School of Health Sciences said more funding was required to carry out large studies to clearly evaluate the health benefits of garlic and to discover the full advantages of the potent plant.