Mediterranean diet not only prevents heart disease and diabetes and improves quality of life


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From ‘Natural News‘, by John Phillip.

(NaturalNews) Countless studies have conclusively demonstrated that a Mediterranean diet significantly lowers the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes and many forms of dementia. Nutrition scientists explain that the diet provides a very well-rounded mix of macronutrients, vitamins and minerals as well as a healthy dose of monounsaturated fats that help reduce levels of harmful inflammation and maintain systemic antioxidant status. In short, the meat-restricted Mediterranean diet lowers risk from chronic disease and slashes all-cause mortality with a healthful mix of fruits, vegetables, legumes and lean protein sources.

Spanish researchers from the University of Las Palmas have published the result of a study in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition that shows how the Mediterranean diet with healthy protein sources including fish, olive oil and nuts can improve mental and physical health, as well as overall quality of life. The lead study author, Dr. Patricia Henriquez-Sanchez commented “The progressive aging of the population in developed countries makes it even more interesting to find out those factors that can increase quality of life and the health of the population.”

Mediterranean diet improves physical and mental well-being to advance quality of life

Researchers designed their study to examine the effect of the Mediterranean diet on 11,000 university students over a period of four years. Dietary intake of the participants was recorded at the beginning of the study, and self-perceived quality of life was measured after the four year monitoring period. In order to determine whether the Mediterranean diet was followed, consumption of vegetables, pulses, fruit, nuts, cereals and fish was rated positively. Consumption of excess meat, dairy products and alcohol was negatively valued, as they do not adhere to Mediterranean dietary standards.

The study team determined that those who align closely with the Mediterranean diet score higher on the quality of life questionnaire in terms of physical and mental well-being. Dr. Henriquez-Sanchez concluded “the Mediterranean diet is an important factor associated with better quality of life and can be considered as a healthy food model.” The Mediterranean diet prescribes three basic elements: lean protein sources (fish, lean meat and eggs, preferably organically raised and harvested), fruit and vegetables and unprocessed monounsaturated fats such as olive oil. Furthermore, it must include a daily intake of 1.5 to 2 liters of fresh water.

A wealth of scientific research over the past several years has shown that the Mediterranean diet and lifestyle provides significant benefits for conditions ranging from arthritis, allergies and asthma to Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes and cardiovascular health. Health-minded individuals fully comprehend that vibrant health is realized by avoiding sugar, sweets, cakes, pastries, hydrogenated fats and sweetened beverages. The Mediterranean diet constitutes an important tool to maintain health and attain optimal quality of life.

Sources for this article include:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21847137
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/05/120529102252.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-05/f-sf-tmd052912.php
http://www.nutraingredients.com

About the author:
John Phillip is a Health Researcher and Author who writes regularly on the cutting edge use of diet, lifestyle modifications and targeted supplementation to enhance and improve the quality and length of life. John is the author of ‘Your Healthy Weight Loss Plan’, a comprehensive EBook explaining how to use Diet, Exercise, Mind and Targeted Supplementation to achieve your weight loss goal. Visit My Optimal Health Resource to continue reading the latest health news updates, and to download your Free 48 page copy of ‘Your Healthy Weight Loss Plan’.

About Ken McMurtrie

Retired Electronics Engineer, most recently installing and maintaining medical X-Ray equipment. A mature age "student" of Life and Nature, an advocate of Truth, Justice and Humanity, promoting awareness of the injustices in the world.
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8 Responses to Mediterranean diet not only prevents heart disease and diabetes and improves quality of life

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    Additionally, the study found that the low carbohydrate and Mediterranean diets improved cholesterol profile more than the low fat diet. This may surprise you because the low fat diet was actually designed to lower cholesterol. Cholesterol is naturally present in animal sources, such as meat, egg yolk, cheeses, and milk; logically, by eliminating these from the diet, cholesterol would be expected to fall. Both the low carbohydrate and the Mediterranean diets contain dietary sources of cholesterol. How could it be that the two diets containing sources of cholesterol resulted in lower blood cholesterol than a diet that eliminated cholesterol? The answer to this enigma is: eating high amounts of carbohydrates stimulates the liver to produce cholesterol! Anyone with high cholesterol needs to be aware of this. The olive oil in the Mediterranean diet lowers LDL cholesterol and the omega-3 fat (present in fish) lowers LDL cholesterol and raises HDL cholesterol.
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