The Anti-Aging Benefits of the Mediterranean Diet
It is no longer a secret that foods rich with antioxidants help fight against cancer, reduce heart disease and boost the immune system. It is less commonly known, however, that they also provide the body with the anti-inflammatory properties to keep them looking and feeling younger.
Antioxidants promote health and longevity while working to keep the skin clear and wrinkle-free by also stimulating collagen production and facilitating the circulatory system. This is good news for those residing in the Mediterranean where the diet is packed with antioxidant-rich food staples such as olive oil, fish, fruits, vegetables and red wines.
Research conducted in the area found that people living in this region are healthier and live longer with significantly lower rates of heart disease and cancer. Many believe that this is because their diet is so high in the good fats (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated) and lower in the more damaging saturated fats that have a high presence in the diets of people living in the United States, Great Brittan and South America.
The Mediterranean Diet Staples Include:
• Olive Oil – exclusively used for cooking in the Mediterranean and is a good source of monounsaturated fat which lowers cholesterol and is full of antioxidants including vitamin E
• Fish – high in Omega-3 fatty acids which is a polyunsaturated fat and lowers cholesterol while promoting the immune system
• Fruits and Vegetables – plenty of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and fiber which, among other health benefits, fight many types of cancer
• Red Wine – contains flavinoid phenolics which are powerful antioxidants
Incorporating these ingredients into your recipes is important to fight disease and maintain a healthier lifestyle. It is well worth the effort to forego the ease of cooking with the processed foods you will find in a can or a jar and take the time to prepare meals using olive oil, fresh fruits, vegetables and fish.
By following the example of the healthy eating habits of Mediterraneans and enjoying a diet with plenty of antioxidants, it will not only help the body fight disease but will also lead to feeling better and looking younger.
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