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Mediterranean Diet Benefits


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We've heard about the benefits of consuming a Mediterranean diet. Now researchers say it could save your life.

A new study shows a diet high in olive oil, grains, fruits, nuts, vegetables, and fish can protect against chronic diseases. Previous studies have shown the diet has protective effects against heart disease and cancer. Now, researchers say it can reduce the risk of Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease, too.

According to the American Heart Association, the key components of a Mediterranean diet are:

high consumption of fruits, vegetables, bread and other cereals, potatoes, beans, nuts and seeds

olive oil is an important monounsaturated fat source

dairy products, fish and poultry are consumed in low to moderate amounts, and little red meat is eaten

eggs are consumed zero to four times a week

wine is consumed in low to moderate amounts

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The Mayo Clinic offers tips for getting these foods into your diet on a daily basis.

Source: British Medical Journal

Broccoli for COPD

A newly published study suggests eating broccoli can help with the chronic lung disease COPD. It all comes down to the level of a NRF2-dependent antioxidants in the lungs. This substance helps fight against inflammation in the lungs - a result of COPD.

Research shows people with COPD have lower levels of NRF2 in the lungs. According to this study, broccoli can help prevent the breakdown of NRF2.

Based on these findings, researchers say future studies should consider treatments that target NRF2.

COPD is the fourth leading cause of the death in the United States. It affects more than 16 million Americans.

Source: American Journal of Repiratory and Critical Care Medicine

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(Bay Area News 9, September 12, 2008)


The information contained in these articles may or may not be in agreement with my own opinions. They are not posted as medical advice of any kind.

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