Once you hit the postgrad years, your metabolism slows down, meaning we now have to give our food choices second thoughts. Fast food every day for lunch? Not anymore – gotta bring a salad at least two days a week. Make that daily Starbucks run a skinny, and maybe switch your happy hour beverage of choice from a couple of heavy beers to a vodka soda. However, there’s one food we all love that you no longer have to cut out: cheese.
We’ve heard some great news about cheese recently, from it improving the quality of your cheap wine to stimulating the reward center in your brain just like drugs do, but now, we actually have confirmation that it could possibly be good for your health as well. Nature Medicine recently published a study showing that cheese contains a compound called spermidine, which isn’t nearly as dirty as it sounds. Instead, spermidine works by lowering high blood pressure and reducing the risk of heart failure by stopping your heart muscles from thickening and regulating your heart’s pumping.
But wait, it gets better. In the study published in Nature Medicine, when spermidine was observed in rats, those who consumed it actually had statistically longer lifespans. So basically, if you eat cheese, not only will you have a heart like an ox, but you’ll outlive all of your peers… presumably, so you can keep eating more cheese. However, don’t start downing the queso just yet – cheeses containing significant amounts of spermidine are often aged cheeses, so while eating a daily pizza might not count, throwing heavy amounts of bleu cheese on everything you consume might just be the healthiest decision you make all day. Now go out to the cheese bar at your local Whole Foods and stock up on overpriced Swiss, because hey, your health comes first. .
[via Indy 100]