Either we love it or leave it, but loving certain cheeses is showing signs in research that an ingredient, actually, a preservative, can kill cancer cells and kill antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
The preservative that’s causing such a stir is a peptide called nisin. Preservatives aren’t generally regarded as health boosters, but this one is showing great promise.
In the Journal of Applied Microbiology, a study was recently published by the University of Michigan that indicates we are getting closer to finding a natural and readily available way to fight both cancer and dangerous bacterial infections through research with nisin.
AOL News reports:
Researchers say that nisin “delivers a one-two punch to two of medicine’s most lethal maladies: cancer and deadly, antibiotic-resistant bacteria.”
So not only does it attack cancer cells but also eradicates the pesky, antibiotic-resistant bacteria that raise health safety concerns, including life-threatening MRSA infections. What’s more, there are no known bacteria that are resistant to nisin.
Nisin can be found in dairy products like cheddar, Brie, Camembert cheeses and some processed meats as well.
According to Wikipedia:
In the food industry, nisin is obtained from the culturing of L. lactis on natural substrates, such as milk or dextrose, and it is not chemically synthesized.
This is the promising part of the equation since the bioavailability is greater with live bacteria rather than a chemical, as in some preservatives.
Good news, bad news and new news
These findings don’t necessarily outweigh the negative health implications of consuming excessive quantities of cheese, and, if you’re a cheese lover like me, that’s the only way to eat cheese! Cheese is my meat!
Dairy products such as cheese are still notoriously mischievous in other health factors such as saturated fat, cholesterol, and salt.
Dairy products are also implicated in ear infections. Reduce your dairy consumption for happy ears.
It’s important to note that these findings are still extremely preliminary.
“While promising, the results are small, so it’s too early to say if nisin will act the same way in humans,” said Dr. Yvonne Kapila, professor at the university’s school of dentistry. However, Kapila’s lab intends to take these tests to clinical trials.
Until more research is complete, nibble away happily on your favorite, most pungent cheese in reasonable quantities. Add some fruit and you have the perfect meal, to cheese lovers.
Lots of wine lovers love a good cheese, and in Klamath Falls, The Portland Street Market has great wine and beer tasting events and a regular inventory of some spectacular wines and beers.
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