Cheese Can Reduce Heart Disease Risk

A new study in Europe says long-term cheese consumption will help reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke

Cheese store, Amsterdam - Image Credit Jorge Royan

Christmas has arrived and you do not refuse, especially when cheese can be present at every family table that celebrates Christmas Eve, and nobody refuses to think cheese is one of the foods favored by many family members anywhere.

Pleasant news when getting such information, though there are also people who do not think so, they assume the opposite.

But ignore those pessimists, quoting CNN Indonesia, December 14, despite the debate, the ingredients in cheese such as calcium, protein, and probiotics create an indirect reaction that will help improve heart health.

Niki Ostower, a nutritionist from NAO Nutrition who has researched this, as reviewed in Bustle, the quality of cheese is everything.

Protein sources. The content is about 6-10 grams of protein, even parmesan cheese contains 10 grams of protein per ounce.

Being a meat substitute, protein will help regulate blood sugar, muscle and bone health, hair, skin and nails, sharpen brain function, increase energy and body's ability to absorb other nutrients.

Calcium and vitamins. It is known that one small serving of cheddar cheese contains about 240 mg of calcium.

Adult needs over 18 years of about 1,000 mg of calcium, able to prevent tooth disease and gums. The alkaline properties contained in the cheese will balance the pH in the mouth that protects the oral cavity.

Ostower added, cheese consumption gives the ability to reduce allergies, because it contains vitamin D, probiotics and enzymes.

Good for digestion. Because there is a high probiotic content, and also good to reduce the feeling of bloating and even improve health and pH in the vagina.

Ostower explained, "Our gut is our immune system."

Cheese is able to absorb nutrients and heal inflammation of the intestines, thus strengthening the immune system.

Improves mood and improves brain function. Amino acids contained in cheese is usually called tyrosine to reduce stress and trigger dopamine response.

Prevent liver disease. The content of spermidine compounds that can prevent hepatic fibrosis and hepatocellular carcinoma (type of liver cancer), and also serves to slow the regeneration of cancer cells.

Reduces inflammation. Propionibacterium freudenreichii probiotic (expialidociuous) bacteria present in Swiss cheese can help reduce inflammation in the body, prevent acute colitis and maintain healthy colon according to the results of research in Korea.

Probiotics are also able to boost the immune system.

Christmas Eve will be happy when cheese becomes part of the dinner menu, and be sure to consume unpasteurized and non-homogeneous raw cheeses.

Source: C Andhika Setyanti - CNN Indonesia, Bustle
Image: Jorge Royan via Wikipedia


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