I often get asked about resistant starch… also known as fermentable fiber.
It’s a carb that skips digestion in the small intestine… and instead ferments in the large intestine.
There’s been some buzz that it aids in gut health—and you know how important that is to overall health.
But for me, resistant starch is a conundrum. I honestly don’t know where I stand on the subject.
After all, a carb is a carb. Which makes me believe resistant pastas (and similar items) are just processed foods—and yet another food gimmick.
But a new study found it shows a MAJOR preventative effect against one of the most dreaded diseases of our time.
So, today, maybe we can learn something about this topic together…
Supplement shields against CANCER
Researchers hypothesized that resistant starch may reduce cancer development. And it may even ward off the disease completely in people with high hereditary risk of different cancers.
For two years, participants took either 30 grams (g) of resistant starch in powder form, aspirin, or placebo (corn starch) daily.
(This dose is equivalent to eating a daily banana before they become too ripe and soft.)
Ultimately, two years of supplementation did not prove effective against bowel cancers (the most common type).
But—it did offer protection against upper gastrointestinal (GI) cancers. In fact, there were only five new cases among participants taking resistant starch. By comparison, there were 21 cases among those taking placebo.
In addition, it slashed risk of Lynch syndrome cancers in other parts of the body by 50 percent!
What’s more, this protection was found to last for 10 years post-supplementation.
(Lynch syndrome cancers include cancers of the stomach, esophagus, small intestine, liver, gallbladder ducts, urinary tract, brain, and some skin cancers.)
And finally, as a whole, resistant starch reduced a range of cancers by over 60 percent.
So, there we have it. A new study found 30 g daily of resistant starch might have a substantial protective effect against non-colorectal cancers.
I have to say, that’s pretty cool… for a supplement!
Resistant starch is also found in a wide range of foods like oats, breakfast cereal, cooked pasta or rice, peas and other beans, and slightly green bananas. None of which I particularly recommend including in your diet… but perhaps a powdered supplement could be beneficial in your quest to slash a cancer diagnosis.
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Until next time,
“Cancer study: Major preventive effect from resistant starch in people with Lynch syndrome.” ScienceDaily, 07/26/2022. (sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/07/220725203606.htm)