Eating Cheese Could Help You Live Longer | Culture |


If, like me, you’re planning on making some sort of cheesy concoction for dinner tonight, know this: You’re actually not doing your body a disservice. In fact, you might be extending your lifespan by a few years by indulging in one of the most perfect foods out there.

A new study from Nature Science suggests that consuming aged cheeses with the compound spermidine seems to extend the lifespan of mammals, based on tests with rodents. Rodents and cheese. Of course. It makes too much sense.

But rats and mice weren’t the only test subjects to be examined. Italians were also queried on how much cheese they eat and their resulting health changes were studied accordingly. Both the risk of high blood pressure and heart failure seemed to go down as cheese intake went up. It’s all thanks to spermidine, a polyamine compound that’s found in certain cheeses, mushrooms and even semen (hence the name.) First found in semen, it was found to extend lab rats’ lifespan even when it wasn’t given to the rats until their middle age.

Why is spermidine the bee’s knees? It’s said to induce a process known as autophagy, which pushes heart cells to shut down parts of themselves that don’t work properly or are no longer necessary. This results in a better number of “good” cells, so bodily functions are improved. This was proven in studies with mice given spermidine who tended to have improved heart function and lower blood pressure, which contributed to longer lifespans.

It’s a bit too early to assume you can just eat all the cheese you want to stack benefits or anything insane like that, but this is critical research that could lead to the improvement of health in patients out there suffering from high blood pressure or other circulatory ailments.

Eating Cheese Could Help You Live Longer | Culture |


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