Probiotics Reduce Colon Cancer Risk
Colon cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed
cancer in American men and women. Although colon cancer is responsible
for approximately 56,000 deaths annually, the death rate from this form
of cancer has been dropping steadily for the past 20 years. Some
researchers speculate that the lowering death rate is due to prevention
and early treatment of the disease.
Lactobacillus acidophilus? a probiotic or "friendly" bacteria
that inhabits the intestinal tract may play a role in preventing colon
cancer. In order to further examine L. acidophilus strains that
may aid in the reduction of colon cancer risk, researchers assessed the
potential anticancer properties of L. acidophilus NCFM® in rats.
Groups of rats with chemically-induced colon cancer were fed an
experimental diet containing L. acidophilus NCFM for 10 weeks.
Upon conclusion of the study, it was shown that cancerous lesions were
reduced by 29% and 39% after rats were given a diet that contained 2%
and 4% L. acidophilus NCFM, respectively. In addition,
researchers concluded that the activity of beta-glucuronidase?a
bacterial enzyme whose excess activity is indicated in the development
of colon cancer was also significantly reduced.
According to Dr. C. Rao and colleagues in the International Journal
of Oncology, "These findings are significant because as one of the
widely used probiotic organisms, NCFM has these inhibiting effects in
rats without affecting the body weight, or other signs of toxicity and
While its full potential should be further evaluated, these results
suggest that L. acidophilus NCFM may reduce the risk of colon cancer
Int J Oncol 1999;14(5):939-44.
I strongly believe that probiotics should be a part of your regular
supplement regimen due to the vital role they play in health, immunity,
and optimal digestion! We are supposed to have about 4 lbs of these
friendly micro-organisms in the get alone. Alcohol, stress, chlorinated
water, refined foods, medication, many other toxic barrages kill these
beneficial bacterial on a daily basis. Feel free to message me in
regards to the best "physician-grade" probiotic I recommend and use
- Matthew J. Loop, DC
Cracking the Cancer Code