ΜEDITERRANEAN NUTRITION DURING COVID-19
Here are the major Mediterranean diet benefits that make it well worth trying:
Good for your heart
The Mediterranean diet has been linked to a decreased risk of heart disease, stroke, and early death, all associated with better heart health. That’s because the diet is high in heart-healthy omega-3s thanks to the seafood, nuts, and olive oil, as well as antioxidants from all those fruits and veggies.
All healthy fats of Mediterranean cuisine are good for your brain, too. One study with 1,864 participants found that those who followed the Mediterranean diet were less likely to get Alzheimer’s or experience other types of cognitive decline in old age. In fact, there’s a direct correlation between fish consumption and lowered risk of Alzheimer’s.
Help with depression and anxiety
The carotenoids in kale, spinach, and eggs has been shown to boost the good bacteria in your gut, and in turn, your mood. One study found that when older adults followed the Mediterranean diet, they were less likely to experience depression.
Reducing the risk of cancer
When researchers looked at a combined 27 studies, considering over 2 million people, they found that the Med diet is the eating plan best linked to reduced risk of cancer morality, particularly colon cancer, breast cancer, and gastric cancer.
As if all the above benefits aren’t enough, it’s also linked to living a longer life, primarily because of the aforementioned improved heart health. There’s a reason why so many of those “blue zones” are in the Mediterranean!