01/5Is Norwegian cheese the healthiest in the world?

Cheese is one of the healthiest snacks available across the world and is something that can help prevent teeth from cavities. But, did you know that there is a variety of cheese that can even promote bone health? Well, if reports are to be believed, a certain kind of Norwegian cheese has been discovered by some research scholars that can prevent bone diseases like osteoporosis. (Images courtesy: Facebook/jarlsberg)

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02/5The Study

According to the study published in the journal BMJ Nutrition, Prevention, this Norwegian cheese is very good for human health and specifically it can promote both bone and teeth growth. During this study, 66 ‘healthy women’, with an average age of 33 were given either a daily 57 grams of Jarlsberg or 50 grams of the K2 deficient cheese Camembert for six weeks. “This study shows that while calcium and vitamin D are known to be extremely important for bone health, there are other important factors at play such as vitamin K2, which is perhaps not as well known,” said professor Sumatra Ray, executive director of the NNEdPro Global Centre for Nutrition and Health, which cut the cheese on the research.

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03/5The Findings

The blood samples of all the participants were then taken to study the subjects’ proteins and an amino acid chain called a peptide, and the Jarlsberg group saw the best results. They were observed to show higher signs of bone renewal and increases in K2 after six weeks, whereas the Camembert crew’s ‘indicators of bone health fell slightly’. The women who consumed Jarlsberg also had dropped cholesterol levels and their glucose dropped by about 3 per cent. On the other hand, the Camembert women had their glucose rise by 2 per cent which dropped when they switched to Jarlsberg cheese.

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04/5What is so special about this cheese?

This Norwegian cheese is named Jarlsberg and was discovered from an eastern town, is mild in taste and made from cow milk with regular holes. The holes in this cheese means it’s classified as a Swiss-type cheese. However, this cheese originated from Norway and a daily portion of this delicious snack can prove to be worthy of your health. This cheese is rich in vitamin K2, which is known to improve bone health. Also, the researchers found that this Scandinavian cheese can boost osteocalcin levels, which is a bone-building protein.

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05/5Conclusion

The scientists discovered that the bacteria in Jarlsberg cheese produce the coenzyme DNHA, which prior research suggests could prevent bone thinning while also boosting bone tissue growth, thus explaining the rise in osteocalcin. However Ray advises, “This is a small study in young and healthy people, and the findings need to be interpreted with great caution. Also, this study shouldn’t be taken as a recommendation to eat a particular type of cheese.” People should be cautious of consuming too much of this cheese.

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