Italian hard cheese is not only tasty, but also healthy: During a study researchers found that daily intake of Grana Padano cheese reduces high blood pressure. When taken regularly, the subjects’ blood pressure dropped by an average 7 mmHg of systolic and 8 mmHg in diastolic pressure
Normal resting blood pressure is about 120 to 140 mmHg for the upper value and 70 to 90 mmHg for the lower value. High blood pressure is said to be present if these values regularly exceed 140/90 mmHg.
According to the German Hypertension Society (Deutsche Hochdruckliga), some 35 million people in Germany suffer from high blood pressure. Once the disease has been diagnosed, sufferers usually take drugs such as beta-blockers or ACE inhibitors. The effect of Grana Padano mirrors that of ACE inhibitors. The reason are the lactic acid bacteria used in cheese making and the specific short protein molecules they produce.
Going forward, the motto will be: What to do about high blood pressure? – Eat cheese! But well-selected kinds and in limited quantities. The test subjects ingested 30 g Gran Padano per day and in this way also 6 g fat and up to almost 200 mg salt – both substances which, in the case of excessive consumption, are considered to cause hypertension.
Maybe it will be possible in the future, similar to the Lactobacillus which can be used to target Helicobacter (which, among other, causes ulcers) (see also: ORGANOBALANCE), to isolate the bacterial properties from the fermentation process and release them as a lactobacilli-based compound against high blood pressure – fat-free and salt-free.