1. Reduce Your Risk of Cancer and Improve Cancer Treatment
Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Some types of bad bacteria can actually increase cell division and increase your risk of developing cancer.2 However, probiotic bacteria may be able to reduce your risk of developing this potentially deadly disease.
The strands of probiotics called Bifidobacterium spp and lactobacillus may upregulate specific genes that reduce the development of tumors.3
It’s also thought that these probiotics may kill harmful bacteria that can cause cancer in your colon.4
Chemotherapy and other cancer treatments can cause extreme gastric problems such as nausea, diarrhea, and constipation.
Research is starting to show that cancer patients who consume probiotics may be able to alleviate their symptoms.
A literature review published in 2016 examined the effect of taking probiotics when going through cancer treatment. Researchers found that patients who take probiotics have fewer reported gastric side effects from radiology and chemotherapy.5
The administration of probiotics is generally considered a low-risk recovery strategy.