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Eating Certain Cheeses May Help Boost Immunity Among The Elderly

June 3, 2010 by  

Eating certain cheeses may help boost immunity among the elderly Elderly individuals may be able to enhance their immune systems by consuming moderate daily amounts of cheese containing probiotic bacteria, according to a new Finnish study.

"The increase in the proportion of aged individuals in modern society makes finding innovative ways to thwart the deterioration of the immune system a priority," said lead author Fandi Ibrahim.

"The intake of probiotic bacteria has been reported to enhance the immune response through other products, and now we have discovered that cheese can be a carrier of the same bacteria," he added.

Ibrahim and his colleagues sought to discover whether the consumption of cheeses containing probiotic bacteria could successfully confront immunosenescence—the age-related deterioration of the immune system.

Immunosenescene is known to make the body more vulnerable to infectious diseases, inflammation disorders and all forms of cancer.

During the study, volunteers between the ages of 72 and 103 were randomly assigned to eat one slice of probiotic Gouda cheese or a placebo with their breakfast for four weeks. At the point of follow-up, the researchers performed blood tests and found that patients in the study group improved their immunity and increased their phagocytic activity.

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  • Barbara

    OK so now list some of the cheeses used in the study.

    • Sandi

      Probiotic cheese (or ANYTHING dairy) is RAW! Raw dairy is the only kind of dairy that is really good for you. Do your own research, but pasteurizing the dairy (heating to kill all probiotics, enzymes & bacteria) destroys everything in it that’s good for you. For thousands of years people drank raw milk, made raw butter & raw cheese, yogurt, kefir, etc. from raw milk and people didn’t die from it! Farmer’s raised their cows in green pastures and let them eat grass (as God/nature intended). Now, when you have cows in muddy fields, where there is no grass and they have to stand and lay in the mud and their own manure, THAT is unhealthy, regardless of whether the milk is raw or pasteurized – no wonder they turned to pasteurization!

  • john klafin

    What is probiotic Gouda cheese and where does one get it?

    • coal miner

      John Klafin,

      Here is my website.It may be some help.

  • Leland Sasser

    I have always felt that cheese was GOUDA for you.

  • Save America Susie

    I’ve never heard of Probiotic CHEESE, but I have heard of Pro-Biotics in liquid form, which you can get from the health food market like Boney’s, Henry’s, Sprouts, and Frazier Farms; in California anyway, those are the common stores that may provide them. Maybe you are talking about Organic Cheeses? Would these be considered Pro-Biotic? There is a small 4 oz. drink called “Yakult” in the average supermarket also, which comes in 4 or 6 packs right beside the yogurt or milk. Those have some Probiotic properties. So does Yogurt. The ones in the health food markets are best for you. You will find more Pro-biotics in some of those in a special, small refrigerator section, which you may have to ask the management for. But, I will look for those PB cheeses soon.

  • Bill

    I have never quite understood this method of “sharing information”—-the caption is “certain cheese”—yet the message becomes a “non-message” because it ignores the title and does not identify the “certain cheese”———–sush a waste!


    • libertytrain

      I saw Gouda identified?

      • s c

        Before you get a chance to reply, thinking that I called you a progressive, LT, my previous comment wasn’t aimed at you.

  • s c

    A complete list of probiotic cheese(s) would have been nice, PLND. Probably, the Finns are more advanced and SCIENTIFIC when it comes to quality research than is our FDA crowd.
    With America looking down the twin barrels of baby boomers in the throes of an unsustainable retirement, it’s even more important to have a strong immune system. Having to deal with a TYRANT like Obummer and his unconstitutional healthcare SCAM won’t do anyone’s immune system any good.
    By the way, is this the first time that a certain progressive [above] has offered some info that may not be a bunch of 100% useless, progressive CRAP?

  • s c

    When buying probiotic cheese(s), please do yourself a favor, and don’t put any faith in the idea that USDA ‘Organic’ means anything. ‘USDA Organic’ is a government-created Trojan Horse ploy to dumb-down consumers.

    • Save America Susie

      SC….Doesn’t Organic mean “made without hormones”? That is what I always read about it. There’s “Organic” and then there is “Natural”. I think actually “Natural” is more misused.

      • coal miner


        Most foods are over processed and could be one of the causes of type2 diabetes.I heard raw milk may be good for you and could contain beneficial bacteria.Go to this website: Probiotic dairy products · Cached page

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  • Jim H.

    I like it because, when my wife bugs me about eating to much cheese, I can show her this article. DOUBLE CHEESE on that pizza!!!!!!!!!

  • Girl Gone Healthy

    Awesome news! I love eating cheese, and if it could actually help me and my family to be healthier, then the better for us.

  • Bill

    The term that this article is trying to promote, i.e. Probiotic Cheese, Should not be called that. Probiotics can be found just in just about any food that has not been stearlized by man. The description should be: raw, unpasturized, from grass fed cows, goats, sheep or camels, where the naturally processed cheese does not contain any substitutes like a GM enzyme. Man thinks he is smarter than nature, its all about the money, lies and deceptions.

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