Can probiotics prevent cancer? If it could, it would not come as a big surprise. Earlier research has shown that probiotics are amazing living organisms, known to promote many body functions and prevent and to treat disease, perhaps even cancer.
Patients receiving the diagnose “cancer” from their doctor often experience extreme anxiety and stress. Cancer is associated with severe sickness, gloominess and death. Cancer treatment is often expensive, complicated and can have many unpleasant side effects. However, there are simple and safe strategies that can reduce the risk for cancer, or in some cases even reverse it. One such very promising strategy is using probiotics for cancer.
Probiotics prevent cancer, study shows
Your gut contains trillions of microorganisms of many kinds, together forming a unique colony inhabiting the digestive tract. Each person has a different colony that has developed since birth and is shaped by diet, lifestyle, the level of stress and other factors. Common probiotic bacteria include strains of the Lactobacillus family. Lactobacillus strains are often used to produce fermented foods like yoghurt, sauerkraut, kombucha and much more. Lactobacillus species are also included in many supplements.
In the 2016 UCLA study, Lactobacillus johnsonii 456 proved to reduce gene damage and greatly reduce inflammation in mice. Recent research indicates that inflammation plays a major role in the development of cancer, heart disease and autoimmune diseases. Therefore, the UCLA finding a very encouraging.
The probiotic bacteria given to mice stimulated them to produce metabolites that are known to prevent cancer. For example lymphoma, a type of cancer that originates in the immune system, slowed down considerably in mice fed with probiotic bacteria. They also lived longer, had less DNA damage, lower inflammation, and improved metabolism. The researchers stated: “Remarkably, our findings suggest that composition of the gut microbiota influences and alters central carbon metabolism in a genotype-independent manner.”
The researchers continued: “Together, these findings lend credence to the notion that manipulating microbial composition could be used as an effective strategy to prevent or alleviate cancer susceptibility. In the future, it is our hope that the use of probiotics would be a potential chemopreventive for normal humans, while the same type of microbiota would decrease tumour incidence in cancer susceptible populations.”
Probiotics to treat and prevent disease
This research indicates that in the future it might be possible to use probiotics more effectively to prevent cancer and other serious diseases. How? A doctor can analyse the bacteria residing in a person’s gut and determine which specific bacteria strains are needed. After this is determined, it’s a fairly easy task to add the probiotic gut bacteria that are involved in reducing this individual’s risk of developing cancer. How can specific probiotic strains be added? There are serveral ways.
- By consuming a high-quality probiotic supplement containing the specific bacteria in the right amount.
- Consume fermented food containing the right probiotics for cancer, inflammation and other serious conditions. Making homemade fermented food is an inexpensive but very effective way to consume large amounts of probiotic bacteria, including lactobacillus strains.
- Adding prebiotics (fibre) is another way to stimulate the growth of many probiotic bacteria strains residing in the gut. Gut bacteria thrive on fibre and consuming this daily is simple, safe and can bring very good reaults.
In addition to this, engaging in a healthy diet with less sugar and carbs and high in fresh vegetables and healthy fats, will cut the risk of developing cancer and inflammatory conditions even more.
So if probiotics prevent cancer, then make sure you consume natural bacteria on a regular basis. Probiotics is a powerful tool to help alleviate serious health problems.
Amrita K. Cheema, Irene Maier, Tyrone Dowdy, Yiwen Wang, Rajbir Singh, Paul M. Ruegger, James Borneman, Albert J. Fornace Jr, Robert H. Schiestl. Chemopreventive Metabolites Are Correlated with a Change in Intestinal Microbiota Measured in A-T Mice and Decreased Carcinogenesis. PLOS ONE, 2016 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0151190
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