A new study has suggested that a food preservative found in dairy products could be used to battle cancer cells and bacteria.
The research which was carried out in the University of Michigan found that feeding nisin milkshake to rats killed around 80 percentage of the neck tumor cells and extended survival.
The usage of Nisin considerably reduced the tumor and a more purified Nisin could deliver results which are even better. The experiment lasted over nine week and after the time period, the tumor had shrunk to the size it had in a three-week time frame.
“To date, nobody had found bacteria from humans or living animals that is resistant to nisin. Another positive is that nisin has withstood the test of time,” Yvonne Kapila, a professor at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, said.
Nisin is a colorless, tasteless powder which we usually add to food with a rate of .25 to 37.5 mg/kg. However, in order to kill cancer cells, we would need around a quantity of 800 mg/kg.
Apart from the cancer cells, Nisin can also battle deadly bacteria such as antibiotic-resistant MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus).
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