French Secret for Long Life: Stinky Cheese?
Researchers investigate 'French paradox' of longevity
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Dec 18, 2012 8:55 AM CST
Updated Dec 22, 2012 7:30 AM CST
Roquefort cheeses mature in a cellar in Roquefort, southwestern France, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009.   (AP Photo/Bob Edme)

(Newser) – It's packed with fat and salt—yet a moldy blue cheese could help you live longer, say researchers. Though the French enjoy a diet high in saturated fats, its women share the title of Europe's longest-living, with a life expectancy of 85.3 years. That prompted researchers to investigate the so-called "French paradox," and they found that Roquefort cheese can fight inflammation, preventing cardiovascular disease—and when it ripens, those anti-inflammatory properties grow more powerful, the Telegraph reports.

"Observations indicate that consumption of red wine alone cannot explain the paradox," the researchers write. "We hypothesize that cheese consumption, especially of molded varieties, may contribute to the occurrence of the 'French paradox.'" In fact, the researchers suggest that the anti-inflammatory components of the cheese might be worth extracting for use in cardiovascular drugs or in anti-aging creams. (Another way to live longer: Golf?)

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Imhotep
Dec 28, 2012 7:59 AM CST
Great ! I love Limburger.
WhateverYouSay
Dec 24, 2012 5:52 AM CST
Maybe it's the pleasure of wine and cheese? Along with good universal health care, lots of walking and a general joy in life? I lived in France for several years, still visit often. You can never underestimate the value of a life well lived and appreciated. Every time I go, I return home to the USA more relaxed, better fed, moving just a bit slower and less stressed... Like the French.
PattyMc
Dec 22, 2012 4:36 PM CST
Funny as ...... So idiot researchers and pharmaceutical mega business want to extract the healthy components....oh, that makes a huge load of sense....since they cannot make us pay through the nose for cheese, they will take it's healthy qualities, put it in a pill, genetically modify it, patent it, and bleed us dry. Sounds like the standard operating procedure.....And we'll sit by and think this is progress.