(Health Secrets) Adding probiotic foods and substances to your diet may help prevent cancer and its recurrence. Probiotics are live microorganisms that may be effective for stopping the development of cancer by preventing the bacteria that enables procarcinogens to become carcinogens leading to full blown cancer. Probiotics also improve immune system function so that your body can combat infections, some of which may contribute to certain types of cancer if they take hold in the body.
Probiotic Foods and Tumors
A probiotic strain known as Lactobacillus helveticus may be beneficial for breast cancer. Evidence from a 2009 study found an association between a slower growth rate of tumors in the breast and drinking fermented milk containing the probiotic strain. Fermented milk may decrease an inflammatory response in instances of hormone-dependent breast cancer. The study also found evidence that probiotics may help fight colon cancer.
Probiotics and Immune Function
The intestinal tract requires the correct balance of healthy bacteria to function optimally. In addition to bacteria, around 70 to 80 percent of your immune system cells reside in your gut. A healthy gut bolsters your ability to combat infections.
This directly translates to better cancer protection because a healthy body is better able to resist the main infections associated with cancer. These include:
- Helicobacter Pylori
- Hepatitis B and C
- Human Papillomavirus
These infections account for nearly two million cancer instances each year.
Probiotic foods and supplements could also help you fight off cancer by improving digestive function to break down and eliminate waste. Ridding the gut of waste and toxins keeps it working better. A lack of healthy bacteria can mean that toxins are able to become absorbed into the body where they inhibit oxidation. This causes cell stress, leading to poor cell function and an increased risk of infection.
Choosing the Right Probiotics
The current thought is that probiotic foods and supplements are only beneficial if they contain live bacteria, but a body of research is emerging to document that dead probiotics are quite helpful as well. Your intestines contain live and dead bacteria that help suppress the growth of harmful invading bacteria.
When examining a food item or supplement, check that the label says it contains live strains and look to see how much is in each serving. Probiotic supplements could have anywhere from one to 10 billion microorganisms in each serving. Ideally, there should be a minimum of three billion microorganisms per serving.
Kefir and yogurt are the most commonly known probiotic foods. However, both fermented and unfermented raw milk are good sources of probiotics. All of these sources are dairy products unsuitable for vegans and people with dairy allergies. Alternative sources include miso and tempeh, freshly made sauerkraut, and kefir made with coconut or almond milk. Some juices contain probiotics.
Probiotic foods and supplements can not only contribute to your body’s ability to fight off cancer, they also boost immunity to prevent other infections. Many people take probiotics for digestive issues. They may also be beneficial for allergies.
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