ISLAMABAD: Mediterranean diet significantly lowers the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, stroke, and diabetes and improves physical and mental health, says a study.
Researchers from the University of Las Palmas, Spain 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, health news reported.
The Mediterranean diet prescribes three basic elements, lean protein sources such as meat and eggs and 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.
Nutrition scientists explain that the diet provides a very well-rounded mix of vitamins and minerals as well as a healthy dose of saturated fats that help reduce levels of harmful inflammation and maintain systemic antioxidant status of human body.
The lead study author, Dr. Patricia Henriquez-Sanchez said that 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.
The study team determined that those who align closely with the Mediterranean diet score higher on the quality of life in terms of physical and mental well-being.