Probiotics for Breast Health
Hundreds of different strains of beneficial microorganisms live in our digestive tract. Many have been found to provide a direct benefit in protection against breast cancer. For example, lactobacillus acidophilus has a suppressive effect on tumors by stimulating the production of immunologic factors.
Bifidobacterium breve, Bifidobacterium longum, Bifidobacterium infantis, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus reuteri, Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactobacillus paracasei, Lactobacillus bulgaricus, Lactobacillus plantarum LS/07, and Streptococcus thermophilus.
Saccharomyces boulardii (Sacro-B) is a particularly hearty strain that can be taken during chemotherapy, radiation, and while taking pharmaceutical medications. Many other strains are more delicate and may be damaged or killed by treatments and medications. Sacro-B can act as a placeholder to take when other strains would not survive in the body such as during cancer treatments and while taking medications such as antibiotics. After treatments and medications are completed, a high dose, broad range, probiotic supplement can replace the Sacro-B.
Probiotic supplement brands that adhere in the gut and therefore provide the most benefit are Thorne Research, Klaire Labs, and Integrative Therapeutics. There are others but these are the products that I have used clinically over the last twenty years and have confirmed their colonization via stool tests. Unfortunately, many probiotic products do not colonize well so I use the few that have proven to be live, active cultures.
Recommendation: Probiotic (20 Billion+ in each capsule) twice daily
Recommendation: Sacro-B 250 mg daily