For decades, researchers have been looking for a way to vaccinate the world against cancer. Their goal, obviously, is to see cancer go away like so many other diseases have seemingly disappeared. While some vaccines have shown promise, none of them compares to the cancer-fighting ability of a natural vaccine you've probably been taking for years.
New research is showing that probiotics could be a potent oral vaccine against many types of cancer. Yes, the very probiotics you've probably been taking for your colon health and digestive balance could be acting as a vaccine against cancer.
Probiotics, as you may know, are beneficial bacteria that live in your body and promote good health. They help keep damaging bacteria in check and keep your immune system in top working condition. So it makes since that they would help fight cancer.
Researchers recently conducted a study showing the mechanism that probiotics use to fight cancer. They published the results in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, where they wrote, "Ingestion of viable probiotics or prebiotics is associated with anti-carcinogenic effects, one mechanism of which is the detoxification of genotoxins in the gut. This mechanism was shown experimentally in animals with use of the rat colon carcinogen 1,2-dimethylhydrazine and by determining endpoints that range from tumorigenesis to induction of DNA damage."
In other words, the probiotics helped clear the colon of toxins that were cancer-causing. And the probiotics protected the rats' DNA against damage caused by the toxins.
Another commentary, this one published in the International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition
, said, "Studies on the effect of probiotic consumption on cancer appear promising, since recent in vitro and in vivo studies have indicated that probiotic bacteria might reduce the risk, incidence and number of tumors of the colon, liver and bladder."
The author of the commentary said that "These anti-tumor effects are attributed to the inhibition of mutagenic activity, the decrease in several enzymes implicated in the generation of carcinogens, mutagens, or tumor-promoting agents, suppression of tumors, and epidemiology correlating dietary regimes and cancer."
And another study in the British Journal of Nutrition tested Lactobacillus acidophilus ability to prevent cancer growth. The researchers in this study used the probiotic as a type of oral vaccine to see if it would prevent or inhibit tumors from growing. They found that the "pre-inoculated mice with probiotics... reduced tumor volume growth." In other words, we may have found a natural vaccine against cancer that works better than any other vaccine man has ever developed.
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What's more, you can help your probiotics work even better in their fight against cancer. All you have to do is take them with prebiotics. Prebiotics are fiber compounds that pass undigested through your gastrointestinal tract. They help make probiotics work better because they encourage the growth and activity of probiotics. Their stimulating effects help reduce the toxic agents in your gut.
The best place to find prebiotics is in foods like root vegetables, asparagus, leeks, and chicory. Eating these foods when you take Advanced Probiotic Formula could be one of the most powerful anti-cancer weapons you can find.
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Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.