The tiny secret to fighting colon cancer
Time to bust down a medical myth — and it’s one you might believe yourself.
“I don’t need a probiotic supplement because I don’t have any problems in the bathroom!”
Well, friend, even if you’re more regular than the mailman… even if you can set your watch to your bowel movements… even if you NEVER suffer from constipation or diarrhea… odds are, you DO need a probiotic.
The latest research shows why: It could protect you from one of the deadliest forms of cancer in the nation!
Colorectal cancers claim roughly 1,000 American lives every single week, but you can slash your risk of this cold-blooded killer and slow the growth of the tumor if you have one just by arming yourself with friendly bacteria.
The new study on mice focused on an enzyme in the gut called histidine decarboxylase, also known as HDC.
I don’t mean to throw around jargon. The important thing to remember here is that animal studies show low levels of HDC can increase the risk of colon cancer, especially when there’s inflammation in the picture.
Probiotics can turn that risk around.
The new study finds one friendly bacteria strain called Lactobacillus reuteri can get the gut to crank out more of that HDC enzyme, which in turn triggers an immune system reaction that can help prevent a tumor from forming in the colon.
In the new study, mice were given either a probiotic supplement or a placebo treatment for 15 weeks.
Since mice age faster than we do, that’s equal to several years in a human, which is how long it takes for a colon tumor to form and take hold.
But in mice that had all the right conditions for those tumors, including low levels of HDC and inflammation, the probiotic cut the risk of a tumor in half. Even when the cancers did form, they were smaller and less dangerous than the tumors in the mice given a placebo treatment.
Since this was a study on rodents, I’m not about to recommend that anyone rush out and stock up on Lactobacillus reuteri specifically, even if it is a healthy strain.
But studies on humans show that good bacteria balance in general is the key to fighting inflammation throughout the digestive tract, including in the colon. And fighting that inflammation is one way to stop the kind of damage that leads to both inflammatory bowel diseases and cancer.
If you’re not taking a probiotic yet, it’s time to get started — and that’s true whether you’re battling a digestive disorder or your gut never even growls.
Look for a high-quality blend that contains multiple human-tested strains.