How To Use Probiotics For Colon Cancer Treatment
Colon cancer is one of the most debilitating and difficult to treat or manage conditions. Use of probiotics for colon cancer treatment has a two fold advantage, it primarily helps in disease management and also controls the adverse effects of other conventional treatment like chemotherapy, radiotherapy, etc.
How Do Probiotics Help Treat Colon Cancer
Probiotics play an indispensible role in maintenance of digestive health, as
- Improves the gut microbial count of good microorganisms
- Aids in digestion and absorption of nutrients
- Improves gut motility
- Boosts immunity
Animal studies have shown that probiotic supplementation has a potential in preventing colon cancer onset and in treating existing cancerous tumors. Human studies, although limited have shown promising results. Regular probiotic consumption is also associated with anti-carcinogenic effects at the cellular level. Beneficial gut microflora induce the beneficial enzymes like glutathione transferase in the colon (as shown in animal study), leading to a reduced load of cancer causing agents in the gut and an increase in detoxifying agents.
How To Incorporate Probiotics To Treat Colon Cancer
- Probiotics are generally safe and well tolerated in the body and can be easily included in our daily diet.
- Probiotics work better when specific microbial strains are used in the required dose. The dose of probiotics is age dependent.
- Probiotics must contain active cultures, and care on the microbial strain consumed and date of expiration.
- Probiotics should be taken on a regular basis for maintenance of a healthy digestive and immune system.
- Start with small doses of probiotics, and gradually increase the dose.
- Probiotics can be consumed in daily diet in the form of diary products like acidophilus milk, kefir, cultured milk, cultured buttermilk, and yogurt.
- Probiotics can also be added to daily diet by incorporating soy, rice or coconut milk with live microbes, pickled vegetables (Raw kimchi, sauerkraut or pickled beets, carrots or other vegetables), hummus, rejuvenac, kombucha, tempeh, natto, formulated health bars, miso, cereals, and certain probiotic salad dressings.
- Probiotics should be used in the unsweetened form.
- Probiotics are also available as a wide variety of dietary supplements in capsule, tablets or liquid forms for easy use.
- Prebiotics promote growth of probiotics in the body, thus improve their efficacy.
Best Probiotics for Colon Cancer
Lactobacillus bulgaris and Streptococcus thermophilus have been found to be extremely effective in colon cancer treatment.
You can choose from a variety of commercial probiotic products like Bifidophilous chews, Acidophilus milk, Nutrition now PB8 Acidophilus, Probiotic complex quantum, Probiotic yoghurt, Choice Super 8 High Potency Probiotic, Advanced Adult Probiotic, Yakult, Align, Activia yogurt, EcoVag, Yoplait YoPlus, Stonyfield yogurt, Pearl, Dong Quai, Coco Biotic, Goodbelly splash, Goodbelly probiotic fruit drink, Mutaflor, Actimel, etc.
Things to Remember while Using Probiotic Therapy
Probiotic foods can be administered in any age group and is extremely safe. However, people who have compromised immunity should not be given probiotics as it increases the risk of infection. If probiotic supplements are used it is best if used under medical supervision.
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