Eating plain, natural yoghurt could help protect against breast cancer, here’s why…
One of the causes of breast cancer may be inflammation triggered by harmful bacteria.
Scientists say their idea – as yet unproven – is supported by the available evidence, which is that bacterial-induced inflammation is linked to cancer.
There are approximately 10 billion bacterial cells in the human body and while most are harmless, some bacteria create toxins which trigger inflammation in the body.
Chronic inflammation destroys the harmful germs but it also damages the body.
One of the most common inflammatory conditions is gum disease or periodontitis which has already been linked to oral, oesophageal, colonic, pancreatic, and prostatic and breast cancer.
How yoghurt helps
Yoghurt contains beneficial lactose fermenting bacteria commonly found in milk, similar to the bacteria – or microflora – found in the breasts of mothers who have breastfed.
“We now know that breast milk is not sterile and that lactation alters the microflora of the breast,” says researcher Dr Rachael Rigby from Lancaster University’s Faculty of Health and Medicine.
“Lactose fermenting bacteria are commonly found in milk and are likely to occupy the breast ducts of women during lactation and for an unknown period after lactation.”
Their suggestion is that this lactose fermenting bacteria in the breast is protective because each year of breast feeding reduces the risk of breast cancer by 4,3%.
Several other studies have shown that the consumption of yoghurt is associated with a reduction in the risk of breast cancer, which the researchers suggest may be due to the displacement of harmful bacteria by beneficial bacteria.
“There is a simple, inexpensive potential preventive remedy,” say the researchers, “which is for women to consume natural yoghurt on a daily basis.”
Source: Lancaster University via www.sciencedaily.com
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