Health benefits of the Mediterranean Diet
People whose diets incorporate a healthy portion of fresh vegetables, olive oil, fish, whole grains and fruits, have a lower risk of heart disease and cancer, the two leading causes of death in the United States. They also have lower risk of diabetes and Alzheimer’s. They are more able to control their weight and cholesterol levels, tend to be more alert, have fewer depressive symptoms, and may live longer.
Due to the high consumption of plant foods, the traditional Mediterranean diet is an especially rich source of:
- Phytochemicals: Such as carotenoids and flavonoids, which have been implicated in cardiovascular protection and against cancer, and aging retardation.
- Vitamins and minerals: Such as folic acid, which is important on the structure of proteins and red blood cells and is linked to a wide range of benefits, including the prevention of neural tube defects in early pregnancy and protection against cancer of the pancreas, esophagus, colon and rectus.
Eating a balanced diet that includes vegetables, fruits and fiber also helps to maintain a proper intestinal flora to help prevent bowel inflammation and reduce the risk factors for developing cancer, especially colon, endometrial and prostate. Foods rich in vitamins (especially fruits and vegetables) help the development of antioxidants that promote cell response to aggression, while frequent consumption of fats or products with hormones can cause cells to grow and multiply uncontrollably causing tumors.
- Breast cancer
- Depression and mental health
- Heart and vascular health
- Mortality and age-related diseases
- Senility and brain damage
- Skin cancer
- Sleep apnea
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