How Probiotics Help Reduce Side Effects of Radiotherapy

How Probiotics Help Reduce Side Effects of RadiotherapyThe intake of a nutritional supplement based on probiotics can reduce the development of radiation-induced diarrhea

This research aimed to investigate the tolerance and safety of Dixentil, a dietary supplement that relies on zinc and prebiotics. Prebiotics are compounds that promote the development of beneficial bacteria in the gut). Moreover, Dixentil also contains probiotics or healthy bacteria (Lactobacillus acidophilus and L. casei) as well as vitamins of the B group (B1, B2. B6, and nicotinamide) given as a prophylactic therapy to individuals that are receiving pelvic radiotherapy for its efficacy in the prevention and reduction of radiation-related gastrointestinal disorders.

Forty consecutive subjects who were also taking pelvic radiation received Dixentil before starting and during radiotherapy.

Radiation-induced enteritis affected seventeen such subjects. Grade I and grade II diarrhea was observed in fourteen and three patients respectively; no grade III or IV diarrhea was seen.

As a conclusion, use of Dixentil is an easy, safe, and feasible approach to protecting patients against the risk of radiation-induced diarrhea.


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Dr. Adem Gunes Dr. Adem Gunes has built the world’s largest database of scientifically tested natural substances with proven effects in cancer treatments. In 2009, he was appointed as the Chief Physician of ProLife Clinic in Innsbruck, Austria, and played a key role in the establishment of the research laboratory. He is also the co-founder of the first Austrian hyperthermia center. Now, Dr. Adem works closely with cancer patients from around the world (including Germany, Thailand, Dubai) to recommend them a complementary cancer clinic or to create a personalized care plan for patients to follow at home.

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  1. I’ve heard that radiation therapy can have some side effects. It’s good to know that there are probiotics that you can use to reduce them. I’ll keep that in mind, because I think that my skin could benefit from radiation therapy.


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