Cheese Ingredient Might Kill Cancer And Deadly Superbugs

Cheese Ingredient Might Kill Cancer And Deadly Superbugs

A naturally-occuring cheese preservative called nisin seems to kill both cancer cells and antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Cheese has been getting a pretty bad rap lately. Sure, it may be delicious on a warm slice of pizza, but it's also a major source of saturated fat contributing to everything from heart disease to hypertension. That said, cheese might end up saving lives in a surprising way. New research from the University of Michigan found that nisin - a naturally-occurring cheese preservative - is extremely effective at killing both cancer cells and superbugs that are resistant to traditional antibiotics.

The study, intended for an upcoming issue of the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, involved giving nisin milkshakes to rats suffering from head and neck tumors. Nine weeks later, the researchers noted that 70 to 80 percent of these tumors were killed, much to the rat's relief. What's more, this compliments research from 1999 that low doses of nisin can wipe out deadly superbugs.

"To date, nobody has found bacteria from humans or living animals that is resistant to nisin," Yvonne Kapila of the University of Michigan said in a statement.

Now for the bad news: You can't cure cancer by eating pizza every day. Today's dairy products have about 0.25 to 37.5 milligrams of nisin added to each kilogram of food, yet the research suggests at least 800 mg/kg is needed to kill cancer cells. (In case you were wondering, that equates to a minimum 700 pounds of cheese before your cancer disappears. If you weren't lactose intolerant before, you would be after that treatment.) The good news is nisin is nontoxic, so incorporating more into hospital treatments shouldn't pose any immediate health risks.

Now I can't help but imagine how this research must have started: With hungry cancer scientists ordering delivery food until someone asked "What if this was the solution to all our problems"?

Source: Huffington Post

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I knew this day would come, I saw it in a dream. They called me "dangerous", an "addict", but deep down I knew that consuming medically unsound amounts of cheese would at least imbue minor powers. Well it looks like the shoe is on the other sock now. Perhaps one day in the far-flung future, America will even be able to produce cheese that not only cures cancer but tastes like cheese too.

As a french, I have only one thing to say : I AM INVINCIBLE!

You silly Americans, you do realise that cheese doesn't only come with pizza? ;) Anyhow, the amount of (real) cheese i eat does explain the lack of cancer and anti-biotic resistant bacteria i currently own. The dreams sure are interesting though.

Xsjadoblayde:
you do realise that cheese doesn't only come with pizza?

Of course, it also comes on Steaks.

madwarper:

Of course, it also comes on Steaks.

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Meat and Cheese have no business being together.

Thankfully I've been devouring Cheese pizzas for years now so I guess I'm the image of perfect helth.

Dalek Caan:
Meat and Cheese have no business being together.

So, you've never had a cheesesteak, or cheeseburger?

How sad.

madwarper:
Of course, it also comes on Steaks.

Also tasty sandwiches. Annnd certain cheeseries. Sometimes crackers too. Ooh and toast, musn't forget the toasts!

Cheese, Grommet! We must start mining the moon!

madwarper:

So, you've never had a cheesesteak, or cheeseburger?

How sad.

Nah I've had a Cheeseburger before. Not my thing.

Wasn't as bad as that bright orange Burger I had once.

Part of me is expecting a future article where vegan parents refuse to cure their child's cancer over their hatred of cheese.

 

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