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August 5, 2016
By Louise Carr, Associate Editor and Featured Columnist   

Do You know how it goes – you’re facing the cheeseboard
at the end of a meal feeling intensely guilty before you even
take a slice. Cheese is bad for you, right? Especially those
delicious, creamy, stinky, blue specimens. Blue cheese is a
problem, we’re told, and we’ve got to be careful.
But what if we told you that you don’t need to fear the
blue cheese? That, in fact, blue cheese has some excellent
health benefits? You may be surprised to learn that
delicious blue cheese is not all bad. Take a look at what
stinky blue cheese can do for your heart, your bones, and
even your life expectancy.
What is Blue Cheese?
You can tell from the name, of course, that blue cheese is
so-called after its blue-green colored appearance. The
bluey color is from the mold inside the cheese, which
occurs after bacteria starts aging the cheese, giving it its
blue shade.
There are various kinds of blue cheese, from Roquefort to
gorgonzola, blue stilton to danablu. Blue cheese has
traditionally been thought of as high in fat and high in
health dangers. While it is true that blue cheese has a high
fat content, and it can be high in sodium, it also has health

How is it Safe to Eat a Moldy Cheese?

You may be wondering, though, how a moldy food can be
good for you in the slightest. Most of us are conditioned to
avid mold in food as it signifies a food that is no longer
fresh, and which therefore can cause health problems. It is
true that some molds can produce toxins that affect our
respiratory system and may even cause cancer.

But the molds in blue cheese, "Penicillium roqueforti" and
"Penicillium glaucum", cannot produce these toxins.

The levels of acidity, moisture, temperature and oxygen
flow in blue cheese are far from ideal conditions for the
creation of these toxins, and therefore cheese is considered
a safe moldy food to enjoy. Not only is it safe, it can also be
extremely healthy.

We looked at recent scientific literature to find out the
reasons why stinky blue cheese helps your health.

Stinky Blue Cheese Helps You Live Longer

Here's one big one benefit of blue cheese -- it helps you
live longer.

A new study shows that a substance in blue cheese,
mushrooms, and other fermented foods, called
"spermadine" actually leads to better heart function and
longer lives in mice.

What’s more, researchers say that replicating these results
in humans is not far-fetched.

The 2015 study from Medical University of Graz in Austria
demonstrates that spermidine, a compound found in many
naturally occurring substances including blue cheese,
extends the life span of rats even when the mice only
encounter the substance in middle age. In the study the
mice do not only live longer but they also have healthier

Spermidine helps with the process of "autophagy", which is
where heart cells disable parts of themselves that are no
longer needed, leading to healthier hearts and lower blood
pressure. This leads to longer lifespans.

Sacrebleu! Is this the reason the French live so long?

Scientists are planning a trial on humans to measure their
reaction to this important component of blue cheese.

Calcium in Blue Cheese Helps to Strengthen Your Bones

Dairy products like blue cheese are one of the best sources
of calcium for healthy bones and a healthy body.

Some kinds of cheese, like blue cheese, can contain up to
50 percent of your daily requirement of calcium. Calcium is
important for healthy bone development, healthy teeth, and
healthy blood clotting.

Blue cheese may also be good for effectively treating
premenstrual syndrome. Supplementation with calcium
helped reduce all major symptoms of premenstrual
syndrome, according to a 1998 study from Columbia
University, New York, from headaches to moodiness, food
cravings to fluid retention.

The link may be tenuous but who knows – perhaps eating
blue cheese can help you feel better at a certain time of the

Blue Cheese Helps Protect Your Teeth Against Dental

Surprisingly, certain kinds of cheeses such as blue cheese,
mozzarella, Swiss, and Gouda can actually help protect
against dental cavities. You get dental cavities when
bacteria ferments carbohydrates and produce an acid that
breaks down the enamel on the teeth.

Eating blue cheese at the end of a meal, says G.D. Miller in
his book "Handbook of Dairy Foods and Nutrition", 3rd ed,
2007, can help to neutralize the effect of the fermentation
by raising mouth pH and lowering acid levels.

Stinky Blue Cheese Has Important Anti-Inflammatory

I'm still wondering ---Could the reason why the French
enjoy good health despite a diet high in fat be due to their
consumption of stinky blue cheese?

A 2012 study from biotech company Lycotec in Cambridge,
UK found that the blue cheese Roquefort has important
anti-inflammatory properties that can help to protect
against heart disease.

The process by which the cheese ripens is good for a
healthy gut, helps slow the progression of arthritis, and can
help limit the signs of aging, according to the researchers.

They say that these properties in blue cheese work best
within the acidic environment of the stomach.

Blue Cheese is High in Vitamin A

A 100g serving of blue cheese contains 1047.00 IU of
vitamin A, which is around 21 percent of the daily

Research shows that people with diabetes tend to be
deficient in vitamin A, and that additional vitamin A can help
improve blood sugar control in people with diabetes – this
is according to a 1996 study from Stanford University
School of Medicine.

While eating a lot of blue cheese should certainly not be
seen as a cure for diabetes, it is interesting to learn that
vitamin A can play such a role in the disease’s progression.

Blue Cheese Is High in Phosphorous Which Fights

A 100g serving of blue cheese has 392.00 mg of
phosphorous, which is a whopping 39 percent of the daily
recommended value.

Research shows that phosphorous together with calcium
help to prevent osteoporosis, according to a 2003 study by
Dr. Robert Heaney of Creighton University in Nebraska
called “Advances in therapy for osteoporosis”.

And the Lysine in Stinky Blue Cheese Fights Herpes Flare-

With 1.848 g of lysine per 100g, blue cheese provides 88
percent of the daily value of this nutrient. You may be
surprised to learn that when taken in good enough doses,
lysine can help to reduce the intensity and number of
herpes flare-ups, according to a 1987 study from Indiana
University School of Medicine, Indianapolis.

This study followed 52 participants with a history of herpes
and found that 3g of lysine a day every day for six months
helped to decrease the frequency of flare ups, significantly
more than the placebo group.

So, lather up the blue cheese on toast. Add mushrooms and
make yourself a delicious grilled cheese sandwich.  It could
help clear up that cold sore.


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