Published On: Wed, Jan 13th, 2016

Natural food preservative can beat cancer


A recent new research study illustrated that a general naturally taking place food preservative may be employed to fight with cancer and deadly, antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

The research investigator’s center of attention was the cancer-killing characteristics of nisin, a colorless, tasteless powder extensively employed as a food preservative.

A researcher, Yvonne Kapila, who is the professor at University of Michigan School of Dentistry in the US, stated that “The application of nisin has advanced beyond its role as a food bio-preservative,” he further noted that “Current findings and other published data support nisin’s potential use to treat antibiotic resistant infections, periodontal disease and cancer,”

The research investigators revealed that feeding rats a “nisin milkshake” exterminated 70-80 percent of head and neck tumour cells later than nine weeks and enlarged endurance.


The mice were provided an extremely purified nisin dosage of 800 mg/kg. Nisin is in general inserted in the food at the rate of .25 to 37.5 mg/kg. Numerous foods hold nisin, but nowhere near the 800 mg/kg required to eradicate cancer cells.

Numerous products accessible to users also hold nisin, creams and pharmaceuticals to beat infection and mastitis, and a sanitizer in lactating cows.

Nisin also beats fatal bacteria, for example, antibiotic-resistant MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus).

Kapila further told that “To date, nobody had found bacteria from humans or living animals that is resistant to nisin,”

Kapila added that whereas hopeful, the consequences are little and in mice merely, hence, it is too anticipatory to declare if nisin will work the similar way in humans.

The results of the research study will come out in an impending issue of the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy.

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Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.