Can Swiss Cheese Extend Your Lifespan?
Although cheese tends to be thought of as an indulgence, studies in recent years have found the food contains various health-promoting properties. In fact, previous research has found that eating blue cheese may help protect you from certain infections and even reduce inflammation.
And now, the latest research has shown that Swiss cheese is made with a probiotic that promotes longevity. It turns out that the bacteria used to ferment it boosts immunity and reduces inflammation, which lowers the stress response and protects against pathogens.
The study from Korea University in Seoul was published in Scientific Reports. It was conducted on roundworms, but the authors believe it’s possible that humans would experience the same benefits.
Swiss cheese is made with Propionibacterium freudenreichii, a bacterial strain that changes lactate into proprionate, acetate and carbon dioxide. Studies have shown that proprionate and a substance called acetate can help improve human gut immunity. Research also indicates lactic acid bacteria, such as W. cibaria and Weissella koreensis, prolong the lifespan of roundworms and improve aging biomarkers.
Cheese Helps Fight Liver Cancer, Obesity, Atherosclerosis and Cavities
In 2017, research showed that aged cheeses like cheddar and brie can help fight liver cancer and may even extend lifespan, while another study found people who ate cheese were slimmer than those who didn’t. A 2013 investigation indicated that Roquefort (a type of blue-veined cheese) may decrease the inflammation of atherosclerosis through its ability to suppress infections caused by C. pneumoniae, the bacteria linked to the disorder. An additional 2013 study found cheese makes the mouth more alkaline, which reduces the likelihood of dental cavities.
Cheese May Protect and Reverse Noise-Induced Deafness
Still, another study performed in 2017 suggested cheese can help prevent, and even reverse, hearing loss. The food contains D-methionine, an amino acid that protected lab animals from nerve damage perpetrated by loud noises. Furthermore, it restored hearing when administered a few hours following the noise exposure. No drugs on the market can produce this benefit. Researchers have launched a U.S. Army clinical trial to determine if D-methionine can protect soldiers from hearing loss caused by gunfire.
When someone is exposed to loud noises, damage occurs in the hair-like projections of the cochlea, an inner ear structure that helps transmit sound signals to the brain. One theory is that noise stimulates the release of free radicals, harmful chemicals that are removed by D-methionine.
“We have documented in animal studies that administration of D-methionine can reduce or prevent noise induced hearing loss. We now need to determine if it has similar efficacy in humans,” said the doctors carrying out the trial.
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