St Tola Goat Cheese Good for your Heart!

Oct 19 2021

Between 2018 and 2019, St Tola Goat Cheese were involved with the University of Limerick with regard to specific health benefits of St Tola Goats Cheese. 

The research found: 

"In Ireland annually, 10,000 die due to cardiovascular diseases (CVD), which is following a rising trends. According to Irish Heart Foundation (2016), “approximately 10,000 people die each year from CVD - including coronary heart disease (CHD), stroke and other circulatory diseases. CVD is the most common cause of death in Ireland, accounting for 33% of all deaths.

The largest number of these deaths relate to CHD - mainly heart attack - at 5,000. In addition,  13% of premature deaths (under age 65) are due to CVD.

Platelet aggregation and activation are key mechanisms in the inflammatory milieu that underlie the causes of atherosclerosis and CVDs. Research shows that by reducing platelet activation and aggregation you lower your risk of developing CVD. Researchers Ronan Lordan and Dr Ioannis Zabetakis at the University of Limerick have studied how polar lipids (a type of fat) in dairy products can reduce platelet activation and aggregation. It has been shown that both goat and sheep dairy products possess these potent anti-inflammatory lipids. Our St Tola cheeses have been tested and it has been shown that they to contain these polar lipids in high amounts, with potent activity. In particular the  St Tola Crottin and Divine cheeses seem to be the most beneficial for human health."

To see the full paper and research work by Dr Ioannis Zabetakis,Ioannis (Yannis) Zabetakis, B.Sc., M.Ed., Ph.D. (photo) and Ronan Lordan at the University of Limerick follow this link