Mediterranean Diet improve health

Having a Mediterranean style diet supposedly helps improve mental and physical health and a better quality of life.

New research investigated the effects on the quality of life of having a Mediterranean diet – by consuming fruit, vegetables, pulses, fish, olive oil and nuts –  through 11,000 students and over four years.

Spanish researchers noticed that as well as the diet being linked to reducing risks of certain illnesses and increased well-being, the diet is also linked to mental and physical health.

Patricia Henriquez Sanchez, from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, said: “Adherence to the Mediterranean diet seems to be a factor importantly associated with a better health-related quality of life.

“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”.

Even though it is a traditional diet in the Mediterranean region, it has sparked off interest all over the world recently as science shines its spotlight in a line of health benefits.

For instance, just recently, research has indicated that the Mediterranean diet could possibly have solutions for arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, hearth health, blood pressure, diabetes, asthma, lung disease and allergies.

As part of the SUN Project, the new study examined whether the adherence to the Mediterranean diet was associated with mental and physical health related to quality of life over a four year period.

11,015 participants took their dietary intake data at the beginning of the study and self-perceived quality of life was measured after four years of monitoring.

The results showed that the participants who followed the Mediterranean diet improved on their quality of life as well as their physical and mental well-being.

The researchers said: “Multivariate-adjusted models revealed a significant direct association between adherence to Mediterranean diet and all the physical and most mental health domains (vitality, social functioning and role emotional)”.

The Mediterranean diet is full of cereals, fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, fish and olive oil.

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