|It's Gouda for you!|
I have a big interest in food as medicine, believing that a proper diet can do as much or more than pharmaceuticals to keep us healthy. If we eat properly we can get all the vitamins and minerals to support our health and well-being without taking vitamin pills, and even replacing some medications. Such is the case with a form of vitamin K called vitamin K2 (menaquinone). It has been shown to not only be an antiangiogenic (blood vessel-inhibiting) and thus help in heart health. The K2 form of the vitamin does more than just protectius from heart disease though, it is also useful in ensuring healthy skin, forming strong bones, promoting brain function, supporting growth and development and even helping to prevent cancer. In fact, a study recently published by the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) has revealed that increased intake of vitamin K2 may reduce the risk of prostate cancer by 35 percent.
While the more common K1 form of Vitamin K is found in vegetables, luckily for our palates Vitamin K2 can be found in animal products such as meats and dairy products including fermented products such as cheese. Gouda, along with other semi-hard cheeses like edam, emmenthal and Jarlsburg, contain high amount of K2. It is third on the list of foods behind natto - a Japanese fermented product - and goose liver. Normal grocery store shelf gouda cheese boasts 75 mcg per 3 1/2 ounce serving. And if you buy grass-fed cow milk cheese it is even higher. Another plus: cooking does not remove the vitamin or stop its action, so you can make some homemade mac and cheese and get all the benefits.
Of course some may be worried that eating too much cheese may be bad for the heart, but don't despair for K2 also protects the heart by preventing hardening of the arteries. Yes, that's right, it is doubly gouda for you.
So round up a circle of gouda cheese and BeWell!