May 18, 2010
A study by scientists in Finland suggests ingestion of cheese can help preserve and enhance the immune system of the elderly. As we age, the immune system can deteriorate, a process known as immunosenescence. The deterioration of immunity can result in the inability to kill tumor cells, reduced immune response to vaccinations, and infections. Previous studies had shown that consumption of probiotic bacteria such as Lactobacillus species can counter the loss of helpful intestinal bacteria that stimulate immunity. The scientists asked 31 elderly volunteers aged from 72 to 103 to eat a slice of probiotic Gouda cheese with their breakfast for four weeks. The published results showed a clear enhancement of natural and acquired immunity for the cheese eaters.
No word on whether the elderly do better with aged cheese...