Mediterranean Diet Helps Fight Against Heart Disease

A study was conducted by researchers at the University of Florence in Italy in hopes to discover the effects of eating a Mediterranean diet. Their research taught them that this diet can help to significantly reduce the risk of death from heart disease, cancer, and from developing brain diseases (such as Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s).

Researchers observed 1.5 million people who stuck with the diet that was created for them and was similar to the Mediterranean diet. The diet included high amounts of grains, vegetables, olive oil, fruit, and fish. It had a low amount of alcohol, dairy products, and meat. 9% of the people who participated were less likely to die of heart diseawse.

Those who ate a Mediterranean diet were also 6 percent less likely to develop all types of cancers or malignancies and 13 percent less likely to suffer Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease. The review was published in the British Medical Journal.

Previous studies show that olive oil helps to provide high amounts of healthy oil that contain a small amount of bad fats. This coupled with fish and the oil from them help to fight against many different types of heart problems.

Antioxidants vitamin E and C in fruits and vegetables were also believed to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Previous studies suggested that eating a Mediterranean diet may lower the risk of death from cancer by up to 24 percent. The diet has been associated with reduced risk of cancers including those in the breast, bowel, stomach and mouth.

September 12th, 2008 • tonks • Alzheimer's, Conditions and Diseases, Heart, News and Opinion Comments Off

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