Cheese is an essential part of many of the worlds most delicious foods: mac and cheese, pizza, grilled cheese. I could keep going.
Sadly, the beloved dairy product isnt always a major part of a healthy diet, largely because the best kinds( Im looking at you , brie) are high in fat and calories and low-ish on the nutrient scale.
But guess what, cheese fans? A new survey tells cheese or, rather, a natural preservative found in cheese may actually help fighting cancer.TAKE THAT, DAIRY HATERS.
Researchers at the University of Michigan lately tested the effects of nisin, a peptide found in cheese and some processed meats, on cancerous tumorsin mice.
They reportedly detected high concentrations of nisin, anatural preservative created by the Lactococcus lactis bacteria, killed between 70 and 80 percent of cancer cells in mice over a period of nine weeks.
The researchers added nisinstops some harmful stress of bacteria from forming groups, making it an effective defense against difficult-to-treat bacterial infections like MRSA.
Unfortunately, the concentrations of nisin fed to the mice were approximately 20 days the equivalent of whats commonly found in food and, therefore, would be nearly impossible to replicate by eating cheese alone; if humen took the preservative in tabletform, up to 30 pills would be necessary to receive theequivalent dosage given to the mice.
The researchers, while optimistic, warned it’s still early to say whether or not these results could be seenin humans.
Clinical trials, however, will be conducted to continue to testthe preservative’s power against human cancer and bacterial cells.
You know what this means? Wine and cheese are officially( well, nearly, anyway) this century’sde facto health foods. Guess the French had it right this whole time.
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