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Not just for the gut: Probiotics can destroy cancer cells and prevent their spread

The probiotic effects of metabolites produced by certain microbes have attracted scientific interest in recent years. Called bioactive postbiotic metabolites (PM), these compounds are said to promote gut health, relieve gastrointestinal disorders and enhance innate immunity.  Some studies have reported the anti-cancer effects of different components of bacteria like Lactobacillus gasseri and L. crispatus. In particular, scientists have noted how culture supernatants and bacterial cell extracts exhibit cytotoxicity and induce apoptosis in different types of cancer. Due to these interesting findings, researchers from Malaysia decided to test the effects of PMs from six different strains of L. plantarum on various cancer and normal cells.  In their study, which appeared in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, the researchers demonstrated the ability of PMs to kill malignant cancer cells without harming normal cells. They believe that these compounds have great potential as functional supplements and as adjuncts to cancer treatments.  Read more....

 

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