Are Probiotics The New Cancer Fighter?
Research into probiotics, the friendly bacteria that live in your intestines, has produced big breakthroughs in our understanding of health. These bacteria boost immunity and help protect us against invasion. Increasingly, though, researchers are proving one of the most significant benefits is their help in lowering cancer risk.
When good bacteria flourish, they crowd out health-wrecking pathogens. Normally, each of us carries around about two pounds of bacteria in our digestive tract. These bugs are a mixture of the good and the bad. For best health, friendly bacteria should outnumber the harmful by 4:1. A decrease in these bacteria is one of the reasons for increased cancer risk and other illnesses.
According to the National Cancer Institute, your chances of developing colon cancer at age seventy-five are one hundred times greater than it was at age twenty-five. Japanese studies have found that giving people with bladder cancer high doses of probiotics can double the average time that elapsed before they were susceptible to the return of more tumours.
A study of people who had been treated for colon cancers or had intestinal polyps removed, showed that taking probiotics along with prebiotics, significantly decreased their cancer risk. In addition those who took the pro- and pre-biotics had less damage to their cells DNA, a problem that otherwise increases our cancer risk.
Each capsule has 3 billion living bacteria (pre-and pro-biotics) of the 9 most important strains for a period of at least 12 months.