Probiotics, the friendly bacteria, have three main cancer-fighting capabilities.
First, super strong strains of your friendly bacteria eliminate pro-carcinogenic substances before they can become carcinogenic. Among these are nitrites. Before the substance can turn into cancer-causing carcinogens in your intestinal tract, certain strains of L. acidophilus intervene and neutralize them. The best of the friendly bacteria super strains are able to metabolize any pro-carcinogens that escape and can convert them back into healthy, non-carcinogenic substances.
Second, beneficial bacteria are able to change particular enzymes (such as b-glucuronidase and nitro-reductase) that transform pro-carcinogens into carcinogenic tissues. The “bad” bacteria that secrete these dangerous enzymes include Clostridium and certain Bacteroides, among others. The more dangerous enzymes that live in your gastrointestinal tract, the greater your risk of having cancer-causing substances in your body. One of the most important contributions to cancer prevention is the ability of active super strains of L acidophilus bacteria to neutralize these harmful enzymes.
Third, the immune system’s work is complicated by the need to cleanse the body of increasing numbers of external pollutants and contaminated substances found in the environment and our food chain. The immune system needs all the help it can get from your body’s friendly bacteria. When disease-causing agents permeate the intestinal walls and enter the bloodstream, the immune system needs to take action. If strong colonies of friendly bacteria line the intestinal tract in full force, these harmful micro-organisms cannot get through, so the already heavy workload of the immune system is lightened.
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