Whenever dairy is involved, whether it鈥檚 creating the ultimate cheese board or mixing it in a healthy smoothie, it鈥檚 always a delicious idea. And now we have more reason to include dairy in our diet thanks to this recent study involving nisin (a naturally occurring food preservative that grows on dairy) finding that it may actually kill cancer cells. Hooray!

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Recently, researchers at the University of Michigan discovered that nisin knocks out two of the medical world鈥檚 biggest threats in mice: cancer and antibiotic-resistant bacteria (MRSA), officially making it the most badass natural food preservative out there.

Led by Dr. Yvonne Kapila, a professor at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, researchers fed rats with head and neck tumor cells a 鈥渘isin milkshake.鈥 The results? The nisin killed 70-80 percent of the tumor cells after nine weeks, making them comparable to tumors at three weeks, and as a bonus extended the rats鈥 survival.

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Nisin, a colorless and tasteless powder, is found in various foods such as yogurt and cheese. Unfortunately it鈥檚 never in the amount needed to kill cancer cells; for that, we鈥檇 need about 20 times more than found in the average serving of cheese. (Note to researchers: Maybe you鈥檝e never seen what our average serving size looks like, amirite?)

While the results are promising, Dr. Kapila tells Michigan News that it鈥檚 too early to say if nisin will yield the same results in humans. Her team鈥檚 next step will be to test nisin in a clinic setting.

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