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Why Aged Cheese and Mushrooms Are so Good for Your Heart (and Make You Live Longer Too)

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  • Polyamines such as spermidine, spermine and putrescine are derivatives of amino acids, found both in food and your gut microbiota, and are critical for cellular growth and survival
  • Polyamines have potent anti-inflammatory activity, protect your DNA against free-radical damage and have been linked to longevity
  • In one recent study, those who had the highest spermidine levels had a 40 percent lower risk of heart failure

By Dr. Mercola

Cheese can be an excellent source of nutrition, especially if made from unpasteurized grass fed milk and aged according to tradition. Among the many valuable nutrients in real cheese is vitamin K2, which is important for heart, brain and bone health. The highest amounts of vitamin K2 can be found in Gouda, Brie and Edam. Other cheeses with lesser but still significant levels of K2 include cheddar, Colby, hard goat cheese, Swiss and Gruyere.


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