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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.

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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 inflammation."

While its full potential should be further evaluated, these results suggest that L. acidophilus NCFM may reduce the risk of colon cancer development.

Int J Oncol 1999;14(5):939-44.


My Remarks:

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 daily.

- Matthew J. Loop, DC


Author of Cracking the Cancer Code