Which Parts of the Mediterranean Diet Extended Life?


how am I having a few nuts to one’s daily diet in this case about four walnuts almonds and hazelnuts cut one stroke risk nearly in half well all of the nuts are plant foods and has such packed with antioxidants raising the antioxidant level of our bloodstream resulting in lower fat oxidation and free radical DNA damage but what’s happening inside people’s arteries researchers measured the amount of atherosclerosis going to the brain and folks who for years we’re eating the added nuts or added extra virgin olive oil or neither to their daily diets and the control group the plaque got worse which is what happens when one continues to even artery-clogging diet but there were no significant changes in the added extra virgin olive oil group and the plaque in the added nut group appeared to get better the nuts appeared to induce a regression of the disease or at least a significant delay in the progression now that nut group was still suffering strokes but only half as many perhaps because the reduction in plaque height within the arteries of extra nuts was indicating a stabilization of the plaque rendering them less likely to rupture adding nuts to our diet may also improve endothelial function boosting the ability of our arteries to dilate naturally by about 30% if you look at the baseline adherence to Mediterranean diet principles and control for things like smoking and exercise there are only two factors significantly associated with reduced heart attack and stroke risk more vegetables and more nuts no significant association with the olive oil or the line or the fish or cutting back on soda and cookies among the individual Mediterranean diet components only increasing assumption of vegetables and nuts were related to reduced cardiovascular events on the one hand cutting stroke risk in half just bathing a handful and nuts a day is pretty amazing but those in the added group didn’t appear to live any longer overall and other studies had suggested that frequent nut consumption may indeed extend life for example the Harvard health professional studies involving a whopping three million person-years have follow up over decades found nut consumption associated with fewer deaths from cancer heart disease respiratory disease and most importantly fewer deaths overall confirmed by all the other big major prospective studies as of 2014 with a new one just published 17,000 people fall for five years and those who ate nuts had less than half the risk of dying maybe this is just because people who eat nuts instead of meat eggs and dairy and that’s why they live longer well no since even vegetarians are frequently nuts also have a dramatically reduced risk compared to those that don’t so what’s going on here with the pretty med studies show no longevity benefit from nuts did they just not wait long enough well just because people were randomized to nut group didn’t meat doesn’t mean they actually ate more nuts and those randomized data groups didn’t necessarily stay away from nuts if Yuri analyze the data comparing the death rates of just those who actually ate more nuts to those who actually didn’t nut consumption was indeed associated with a significantly reduced risk of death if you do the same kind of post hoc analysis with olive oil even with the extra virgin no benefit in terms of living longer this is consistent with how Ansel Keys the so called a father of the Mediterranean diet viewed olive oil he thought that its benefit more as a way of just replacing the animal fats you know anything to get people cheap less lard and butter one of the best kinds of not so the greatest benefits were attributed to walnuts particularly it seems for preventing cancer deaths those eating more than three servings of walnuts a week per to cut the risk of dying from cancer in half now it’s just a matter of communicating the research to the public all the major cancer groups emphasize a more plant-based diet remarkably consistent with World Health Organization guidelines for healthy eating the far reaching positive affects the plant-based are including walnuts maybe the most critical message for the public you

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