A Mediterranean Diet is a heart healthy diet which has been growing in popularity. In recognition of May being Mediterranean Diet Month, Renewing Serum would like to emphasize the benefits of healthy foods on your skin and appearance.
A Mediterranean diet includes a lot of plant-based foods, replacing butter with healthy fats like olive oil, and using herbs and spices to flavor the food. This diet will let you eat pizza, gyros, falafels, and lasagna pasta but in less guilty manners. Even more appetizing is exotic food like racks of lamb or long loaves of white bread. A Mediterranean diet lets you feasts on fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, sea food, olive oil and top it off with a glass or two of red wine. Yum!
Benefits of a Mediterranean diet
Researchers suggest that the Mediterranean diet may reduce the risk of heart diseases. Over 1.5 million healthy adults who were following the diet showed reduced risk of death caused about by heart diseases, stroke, and cancer. This is because of the fatty foods that this diet discourages and the red wine instead of hard liquor which this diet encourages.
What’s more, the Mediterranean diet may also reduce the occurrence of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers attribute this to the foods that help improve cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Another is the high levels of antioxidants present in the foods that may avoid cells from undergoing a damaging process. Even better is that these food decrease the risk of developing muscle weakness. While more research is needed, these are positive prospects.
The Good Fat of the Diet
As this diet campaigns for nuts, seeds, avocado, walnut, olive and pumpkin seed oils, it is packed with omega-3 and omega-6 nutrition. Omega-3 benefits your heart as it normalizes and regulates cholesterol triglyceride levels. It also acts as anti-arrhythmic and anti-inflammatory. Even better is that it will also give benefits to children’s learning and behavior. Omega-6 on the other hand plays a great role in cell growth, and is important for brain and muscle development. Omega 6 also plays an important role in the nervous system, as a transmitter of nerve impulses.
Flush the food with wine
An optional, but revered and exciting part of the Mediterranean Diet is the wine. Even though, the health effects of alcohol has been argued apart for many years, drinking red wine in moderation is considered healthy by many sources. This is because of resveratrol, or anti-oxidants called polyphenols found in red wine. Resveratrol helps prevent damage to blood vessels, decreases low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholestorol, and it helps prevent blood clots.
From all of us at Renewing Serum, we raise a glass of red wine to a healthy life. Happy Mediterranean Diet Month!