Prebiotics in the Large Intestine
|“Ingestion of viable probiotics or probiotics is associated with anticarcinogenic (anti-cancer) effects.”
– Wollowski I, Rechkemmer G, Pool-Zobel BL
What happens, good or bad, has major consequences for our overall health. With it’s many recent claims, some substantiated some not, it has been confirmed that the biggest health benefits from prebiotics happen in the large intestine, also known as the colon. This is big, valuable, and very important news because of all the deadly cancers, colon cancer is the 2nd biggest killer, right after lung cancer.
It’s not surprising then, when medical claims filter into our mainstream media we jump all over topics such as probiotics and prebiotics, there’s good news here and more coming down the track, of that you can be sure.
Just to clarify:
Probiotics are – microorganisms living in our gut (intestines) often called good or friendly bacteria or microbes.
Prebiotics are – nutrients from foods we eat that feed and support the probiotic bacteria.
Probiotics and prebiotics are not two separate things you need to choose between which one to take or have more of etc., you need both because they work in tandem to make your entire digestive system operate at peak performance.
Back to prebiotics and the large intestine…
Many things happen right after prebiotic nutrients are gobbled up by the good bacteria, but one of the most important, if the most important, is how prebiotic substances may have the ability to stop bad bacteria, known as pathogens, from sticking to the wall of our intestines where they form tissue cells.
If these cells continue to grow they could become polyps, small ones may stay benign for years but it’s the ones that grow that are considered markers for colon cancer so it’s extremely important to do whatever we can to keep those bad bacteria bugs off the intestinal wall to say the least.
Short Chain Fatty Acids
SCFA for short have been found to possibly play a huge role to prevent colon cancer. They are produced when prebiotics are broken down and ferment in the large intestine. This is being researched because it is believed we are at great risk when in low supply of SCFA.
Like I said at the top, this is arguably the most important benefit of prebiotics in the large intestine. But there are several more major benefits:
- Keep cholesterol count low
- Balance blood sugars
- Weight control
- Faster waste transit
- Helps inflammatory bowel disease symptoms
In general, consuming more prebiotics can have a big positive impact on your entire digestive system and therefore your overall health, and that’s whats most important in the end… pardon the pun!