Eating Cheese Can Increase Life Expectancy and Prevent Cancer
Although it is a food rich in calcium, for example, more and more we are recommended and we are cutting cheese from the diet because of its fat and salt content.
Any food with a little cheese can be deliciously better, but no one really needs to add those extra calories to their pasta dish.
But new research has found that aged cheeses such as cheddar, brie and parmesan may actually have some real health benefits.
The Texas A & M University study found that these cheeses could help increase life expectancy and prevent liver cancer, because they contain a compound known as spermidine, which prevents damaged liver cells from reproducing.
The researchers looked at a treatment of spermidine in mice during their entire life and found that their life expectancy increased by up to 25%. Spermidine has the ability to prevent scar tissue from accumulating in the liver, as well as to protect it against hepatocellular carcinoma – the most common type of liver cancer.
But it’s not just dairy lovers who can reap the benefits of a potentially elongated life because of that substance. Researchers say foods like mushrooms, soybeans, legumes and whole grains also contain spermidine, and therefore promote similar life-prolonging effects (and certainly with much less fat together).
In fact, vegetarians are the type of people who most benefit from this, because assistant professor Leyuan Liu says that perhaps the key to a longer life is cutting meat. And if you can not do that, eating those aged cheeses can be an interesting option.
However, to get the desired benefits you need to start ingesting spermidine even in the first few years of life. Experts consider that the side effects of the substance are minimal. The next steps are to test spermidine specifically in humans, to make sure its efficacy and safety.