Scientists from the University of Texas argue that regular consumption of cheese can extend the life of a person by 25%. In the diet must be such varieties as cheddar and brie. Also, cheese is able to protect the body from cancer, strengthens the immune system and has a positive effect on the liver.
The composition of the cheese is spermidine - a substance that prevents the development of liver fibrosis and hepatocellular carcinoma, writes The Telegraph.
Cheese strengthens the immune system
In 2010, a study was conducted by scientists from the University of Turku in Finland, which showed that daily consumption of cheese in the elderly significantly affects the immune system. For the experiment, volunteers aged from 72 to 103 years were invited, which were divided into two groups. One group ate a piece of Gouda cheese with probiotics every day for four weeks, the second - a placebo. The immune system of the first group is significantly strengthened.
Cheese and longevity
Researchers at the University of Aarhus in Denmark, in 2015, were interested in the life expectancy of the French, and also why this nation is less likely to suffer heart disease. It turns out that the secret of the “French paradox”, as the scientists christened it, lies precisely in the cheese.
Despite the fact that the diet of the French is saturated with a large amount of fat, the average life expectancy in France is 82 of the year. And all because the French eat about 24 a kilo of cheese a year. For comparison, the British eat in a year - two times less, about 12 a kilo. But those and others are less likely to suffer from cardiovascular diseases and often live to 80 years.
According to Hannah Bertram, a scientist who participated in this study, the secret lies in butyric acid. After the experiment, a large amount of butyric acid was found in the urine and feces of volunteers who consumed a lot of cheese. Butyric acid is associated with a low percentage of obesity and fast metabolism.
Cheese helps keep your teeth
The American Academy of General Dentistry in 2013 said that eating hard cheese creates a protective film around the teeth and prevents their deterioration. In order to obtain such results, children were attracted to the experiment. A third of them ate a portion of cheese every day, another a yogurt without sugar, and a third drank a glass of milk. So, for those children who consumed cheese, the pH level increased, the level of caries formation decreased accordingly.
The lead author of the study, Vipul Yadav, said: “The higher the pH level (higher 5,5), the less likely it is the development of caries.”
Cheese helps to lose weight
Scientists from the Australian University of Technology conducted an experiment on 40 volunteers, who began to consume daily from three to five servings of low-fat dairy products and cheese. Those who consumed cheese and low-fat dairy products began to lose weight, their state of health returned to normal.
Lead researcher, Dr. Wendy Chen said: “Many people often believe that when trying to lose weight, dairy products are key products that they should eliminate from their diets, as they have a high fat content. But in fact, it will help reduce blood pressure and remove fat folds around the abdomen. "
Cheese helps develop mental abilities
American and Australian researchers in 2012 reported that people who regularly consume dairy products, in particular milk, cheese and yogurt, show better results in cognitive tests than those who do not eat dairy or drink. Researchers asked 900 men and women to go through a series of cognitive tasks that tested their visual-spatial, verbal, and working memory tests.
Thus, scientists have found that those who scored the highest score in all tests are those who include cheese and dairy products in their daily diet.