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Probiotics as prevention of cancer

09 May 2016, 09:00

Various research groups have repeatedly argued that bacteria living in the human intestine can influence well-being, as well as cause a number of disorders and diseases, in particular obesity, depression. According to the latest data, intestinal bacteria can prevent the development of certain types of cancer.

A new study was conducted in the laboratory of the University of California, where scientists have found that certain microorganisms can slow down or completely stop the development of malignant formations in the body. It is possible that in the future, the risk of developing oncology will be helped by the analysis of intestinal bacteria and, if necessary, a course of probiotics will help mankind to protect itself from cancer.

In the human intestine, there are a huge number of bacteria, both useful and not very much. Each species of microorganisms has its own properties, during the research it was found that the bacteria Lactobacillus johnsonii 456, which are useful, and also widely used outside of medicine, can influence human health. Tests have shown that Lactobacillus johnsonii 456 significantly reduces the inflammatory processes in the body and damage to DNA. It should be noted that inflammation plays the main role in the development of many diseases, including oncology, neurodegenerative, autoimmune diseases, heart diseases, etc., in the development of many diseases. The researchers stated that influencing the intestinal microflora can significantly inhibit the growth of a malignant tumor, and probiotics can help prevent the development of certain types of cancer.

To confirm the theory, scientists conducted experiments with rodents that had certain gene mutations that caused the Louis-Bar syndrome (a rare hereditary disease that affects the skin and nervous system). Neurological disorder can provoke the development of leukemia, lymphoma and some other cancers.

All the experimental rodents specialists were divided into two parts: some received bacteria possessing anti-inflammatory properties, other microorganisms peculiar to intestinal microflora, both with anti-inflammatory and inflammatory properties. In the course of observations, scientists noted that in rodents, in the intestine of which "good" bacteria prevailed, lymphoma (tumors from immunity cells) developed longer. In the intestine of rodents who received a large number of beneficial bacteria (anti-inflammatory), metabolites were detected that prevented the development of malignant tumors, and improved metabolic processes were observed in this group of rodents, which also reduces the likelihood of cancer.

Among other things, scientists noted an increase in life expectancy in rodents with a "good" microflora, less gene damage and minor inflammatory processes in the body.

As a result, the researchers noted that taking probiotics will help regulate the composition of the intestinal microflora and can be an excellent preventive tool for preventing the development of malignant tumors.

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