Probiotics Benefit Cancer Patients


Probiotics have been proven to be beneficial for cancer patients in various aspects, especially those with colorectal or stomach cancer. To understand their effect, we must know what probiotics are. Probiotics are foods or any other supplement that consists of good bacteria which is good for our health, essential for a healthy digestive system. Fermented foods contain good bacteria like Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium, therefore, they should be included in our diet.

Colorectal cancer is linked with a disturbance in the level of gut flora, found in the colon or large intestine. The gut flora consists of various bacteria, viruses and yeasts. To minimize the harmful effects of such imbalance, keeping fermented food and probiotics in the diet is essential. Probiotics work safely for most of the people and are well-tolerated. It enhances the whole digestion process. However, people with a weak immune system you should avoid probiotic food because it can lead to infections from the ingested probiotics.

Stomach cancer and ulcers are caused by Helicobacter pylori infections. Probiotics can aid in working against this infection, hence reducing the chance of stomach cancer. Moreover, they are beneficial for digestive disorders such as IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), bloating, gastro problem, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and constipation.

Mental Health can be relieved with the ingestion of probiotics as well. Studies have shown that ingesting probiotics prior to cancer treatments lowers the level of stress and anxiety in cancer patients. It is because of probiotic strains of various bacteria causing anxiety and depression such as Lactobacillus helveticus, Bifidobacterium longum, Bifidobacterium breve, Lactobacillus rhamnosus and Bifidobacterium infantis.

Studies have shown that probiotics can boost the defense mechanism of our body that in turn, benefits various allergies, infections and specifically cancer. Some probiotics strains that can spur immune functions are Lactobacillus crispatus, Bifidobacterium bifidum, Bifidobacterium longum and Lactobacillus gasseri.

Probiotics can be included in your diet by both dairy products and vegetables. Dairy products like yogurt, buttermilk, some cheeses (mozzarella, cheddar, cottage and gouda cheese) and kefir, can be a good source of probiotics. Vegan sources can include Kimchi, Achaar (pickle), Kombucha, south Indian food and natto.

Hence, the inclusion of probiotics in the daily diet is beneficial for cancer patients and can help boost their moo