The microscopic secret to beating the cancer odds
Like yogurt? Then you’re going to love this delicious bit of news: One of the bacteria commonly found in yogurt and a number of other foods just might help you fight off cancer.
New research finds that Lactobacillus johnsonii 456 – a bacterial strain found in common foods such as yogurt, kefir, and sauerkraut – can slow the growth of cancers or even stop them from forming in the first place.
This remarkable study used mice that were bred to develop certain cancers, especially lymphoma. They were, in essence, born with a cancer death sentence.
But something unusual happened to mice that were given a load of that L. johnsonii bacteria: They didn’t die off.
In fact, they lived four times LONGER! They also developed cancer at half the speed… had lower levels of disease-causing inflammation… and less of the DNA damage that marks a fight with cancer.
And when researchers examined the mice feces and urine (at times like this, be thankful you’re not a researcher), they found higher levels of the compounds produced in the body to fight off cancer.
It was as if the probiotic supplements had turned the gut into a munitions factory – one that armed the rest of the body to not only fight cancer, but win.
I know I just mentioned this, but it bears repeating: The mice that survived weren’t just lucky. They’d been created to be UNLUCKY mice, bred to develop a disease that would kill them.
Yet the right levels of bacteria thwarted that process.
That’s not just good news. That’s astounding – and if there’s a similar benefit in humans, it could be a game changer in the fight against deadly cancers.
Of course, the study in PLoS ONE was on mice, so it’s far from certain that there will be a similar benefit in humans.
But it’s not at all far-fetched, because good bacteria can play a key role in your overall health. Along with digesting food and extracting nutrients, these same bacteria help regulate your mood, fight inflammation, control blood sugar, and even arm your immune system.
It’s not surprising…bacteria are the ultimate survivors. Since there are more bacteria cells in your body than human cells, they depend on a healthy host – a healthy YOU – for their own survival.
Yes – in a very real way, you need each other.
Unfortunately, they’re being undermined. The modern diet is not only toxic to the good bacteria you need to fight inflammation and disease, it also fills your gut with less beneficial and, in some cases, just plain harmful bacteria.
It’s time to give the good guys some reinforcements so they can keep fighting for you.
Along with enjoying a better diet of natural foods with natural probiotics such as yogurt and sauerkraut, be sure to take a probiotic supplement.
Don’t be impressed by labels that scream “millions” of CFUs (short for colony-forming units). Look for a supplement that contains billions of CFUs of proven human-tested strains such as Bifidobacterium longum, Lactobacillus acidophilus, and Lactobacillus rhamnosus.