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Role ofa natural probiotics in treating cancer

Latest scientific research proves that fermented raw organic sauerkraut is a true superfood: it promotes digestive health, gives a boost to the immune system and helps to prevent many kinds of cancer.

Cabbage has large amounts of anticarcinogenic compounds, glucosinolates. They help to activate the body’s own antioxidants – which in turn fight inflammation that can trigger cancer, diabetes and heart disease.

 When the cabbage is fermented and turned into sauerkraut, the process of lacto-fermentation not only produces beneficial bacteria but also breaks down the nutrients in food to make them more bio-available and easier to digest. The probiotic lacto-baccilli digest the sugars in the cabbage and free up the compounds that help to ward off cancers of the prostate, bladder and breast.


Many studies on fermented sauerkraut and kvass - sauerkraut brine - show that they lower cancer risk in humans. Probiotic bacteria literally attack cancer cells by detoxifying ingested carcinogens and stimulating body's natural resources by boosting the immune system. They also create an environment that is hostile to cancer cells by createing organic compounds that inhibit the growth of tumors and encourage the death of cancer cells.

 Sauerkraut can be an important part of diets designed for healing cancer. In addition to boosting the body's own immune defenses, regular intake of fermented sauerkraut promotes the growth of  anti-inflammatory bacteria living in the gut, which can slow or stop the development of some types of the killer disease.

 A number of studies have found probiotics beneficial in quelling indigestion, belly cramps and diarrhea, especially if ingested through natural food sources like yogurt, cheese, miso, sauerkraut, pickles, artichokes, oats and honey. This benefit can be particularly valuable for cancer patients who experience digestive problems as a result of their disease or as a side effects of treatment.

Probiotics can also benefit cancer patients if they’re on antibiotics or have taken antibiotics, because they can help combat antibiotic-associated diarrhea. Antibiotics may kill certain types of both good and bad bacteria in your digestive tract, and probiotics can replenish the good bacteria, restoring balance to your system.

Fresh lacto-fermented sauerkraut, packed with cancer-fighting compounds and antioxidants and high in healthful dietary fiber, is a superb nutritional choice.

 One study found probiotics improved irritable bowel symptoms and quality of life for colorectal cancer survivors. Another found that they can reduce the severity and frequency of diarrhea for cancer patients, though that study noted that probiotics can be a rare source of sepsis, or inflammation caused by infection, if patients were significantly immune compromised. The report concluded that more studies are needed to verify probiotics’ benefits.

Probiotics and Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy often damages the cells that line the intestinal tract. The damage causes inflammation, pain and diarrhea, as the intestines no longer absorb nutrients efficiently. Probiotic bacteria help the digestive tract break down food and may also help intestinal cells heal. Researchers reported in a 2009 article in the "Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition," that probiotics relieved the diarrhea associated with chemotherapy in breast cancer patients.

One of the side effects of treatment is lowering the strength of the immune system and as a result diarrhoea can occur. Some chemotherapies can even cause diarrhoea directly by affecting the wall of the gut

New research shows that probiotic drinks can reduce the severity and frequency of diarrhoea in patients with cancer.

Radiation injury can alter bowel flora, and many patients get chemotherapy at the same time.  Probiotics come in different forms, but they are bacteria that normally live in the gut when we’re healthy.  Here is how replacing them can help make radiation therapy better:

Fewer side effects.  Published research now increasingly shows that probiotics can lessen side effects.

 Avoiding secondary complications.  Chemotherapy and radiation can both increase the likelihood of Clostridium difficile infection –a risk for major illness and creates complicated patient management for infection control.  Using probiotics may prevent C. difficile infections