You have never seen it or tasted it, but fiber works wonders for your health. For years, research studies have proved that increased intake of dietary fiber helps in minimizing the risk of colorectal cancer. Studies have also highlighted the effect of high fiber containing foods in protecting you against ovarian, gastrointestinal, breast and endometrial cancers. Let’s have a look at how fibre protects us from cancer:
- Fibre helps in transportation of antioxidants to the colon thereby preventing the damage caused by free radicals. These free radicals are believed to make you susceptible to the cancer and help in cancerous growth.
- Insoluble fibre adds bulk to stools and helps them swiftly move through the gastro intestinal tract. This reduces the contact time of the potential toxins with the colon.
- A bulky stool that is high in water content dilutes potential carcinogens as well as bile salts thereby decreasing the risk of cancer.
- Dietary fibre also encourages the growth of good bacteria present in the colon and impede the growth of harmful bacteria.