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Common Food Preservative May Slow, Even Stop Tumor Growth

Posted Nov 02 2012 6:37pm

Top control group shows growth of tumors that weren’t treated with nisin. Bottom group shows growth of tumors that were treated with nisin. Those tumors are significantly smaller.
ANN ARBOR—Nisin, a common food preservative, may slow or stop squamous cell head and neck cancers, a University of Michigan study found.

What makes this particularly good news is that the Food and Drug Administration and the World Health Organization approved nisin as safe for human consumption decades ago, says Yvonne Kapila, the study’s principal investigator and professor at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry.

This means that obtaining FDA approval to test nisin’s suggested cancer-fighting properties on patients in a clinical setting won’t take as long as a new therapy that hasn’t been tried yet on people, she says.

 

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