Nisin: Cheese Can Target Cancer Cells


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A group of researchers from the University of Michigan school of Dentistry was studying about dairy products when they stumbled upon the ability of cheese to treats 30 types of cancer cells. According to their study, cheese can work as natural cancer martial.

Nisin is made by Lactococcus lactis bacterium. It can’t be made through artificial processing. Nisin: a polycyclic antibacterial peptide which has the ability to diagnose neck and head cancer cells within just nine weeks. Nisin, a naturally occurred food preservative, is a powder that is colorless and tasteless which is grown under Brie, Camembert and Cheddar as well as another dairy products.

Previous research has concluded that high dosage of Nisin could improve your oral health, but at that time, researchers only measured these effects among various food with fixed quantity of 0.25 to 37.4 milligrams.

Now, this present study is tested on mice with neck tumors. Mice are fed with isolated and purified Nisin dosage of 800 mg in the form of a milkshake.

This Nisin treatment killed 80% of cancer cells after just nine weeks. Researchers also found that Nisin also fights against the deadly, antibiotic-resistant bacteria MRSA (a life-threatening bacteria) which can cause deadly infections.

Dr. Yvonne Kapilia, study’s lead author and a professor at University of Michigan school of Dentistry said,” the results are too limited to tell is they act the same way in humans.”

She said, “Mother Nature has done a lot of the research for us, it’s been tested for thousands of years. The application of Nisin has advanced beyond its role as a food bio-preservatives. Current findings and other published data support Nisin’s potential use to treat antibiotic resistant infections, periodontal disease, and cancer.”

Nisin is severe stroke bacteria for two reasons. First is, it binds to a static area of bacteria, which gives Nisin the chance to work on bacteria changes into an antibiotic-resistant superbug. And the second is, it kills bio-films which are colonies of bacteria that group together in a fortress that blocks antibiotics.

Now, the researcher is thinking that to test Nisin in a clinical setting.

The US food and Drug Administration (FDA) and World Health Organization based in Geneva, approves Nisin as an antibacterial agent and is safe for human consumption.