1. Excess Cholesterol Prevention
Mediterranean diet helps to reduce cholesterol by reducing the quantity of saturated fats in the body and replenishing it with unsaturated fats, mostly especially omega 3.
2. Sustaining Good Venous Circulation
As the years go by, the rate at which blood flows through the vein begins to slow down. This is natural, because our blood opposes gravity whenever it tries to flow from the lower region to the upper regions where the heart and lungs are located as well as where the blood is cleaned and regenerated. We are yet to have a pump that works like the heart that forces blood from the bottom to the top. After all, the venous walls gradually become inelastic with time. The more inelastic they are, the harder it is for blood to go back to the heart.
You initially begin to notice these difficulties, first by having heavy legs. The following are normally associated with heavy legs: at the end of the day your ankles become swollen; pains are experienced around the legs, making it difficult for you to stand in a place for a long time. If an urgent solution is not proffered in this regards, it gives rise to a disorder known as True Varicose Veins, this is when your veins become hardened and wider than usual.
To prevent these disorders, your diet should be nutritional enough to promote easy blood circulation and prevent venous walls. This is where the Mediterranean diet becomes highly relevant. With an increase in the intake of fruits and vegetables, you can be sure of having those substances in your body that promote blood circulation including flavonoids (majorly in citrus), anthocyanins (this can be found in fruits and berries of violet color, such as blueberries or blackcurrants), vitamin E (present in walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds). Other important nutrients responsible for this ceaseless circulation of blood are zinc and selenium; these can be found in whole grains.
With the Mediterranean diet you don’t get to age as usual. This is a diet which encourages that you take lots of fruits and vegetables, which in turn helps to improve the vitamins that inhibit oxidation in our body. You can also get antioxidant minerals from whole grains and fish which equally helps to protect us from getting old quickly.
3. Reducing Your Chances of Getting Diabetes
For the past fifty years, diabetes has been on the increase. This is as a result of the negative effects gotten due to a change in eating habits and too much refining of carbohydrate food. With the consumption of whole cereals like pasta, rice, bread etc.; vegetables like beans, lentils etc.; and fresh fruits, the Mediterranean diet provides the body with the right kind of sugar balance good enough to produce the energy needed to carry out certain functionalities. Its sugar is in the form of complex carbohydrates, which spreads in the body gradually, hereby giving the pancreas less work to do. Micro nutrients like chromium that helps in regulating the amount of sugar in the body can also be found in the Mediterranean diet.
4. Subtle Weight Loss
With the Mediterranean diet, you can be sure of eating less food that will promote weight gain. With an increase in fruits and vegetable, you get to redefine your satisfaction; a new meaning of satisfaction is what you get. This is because you begin to eat less and there is better communication between your brain and your body in terms of the kind of food that ought to be taken. The body begins to remove its excess fat until it gets back into shape again. In summary, one gets to lose weight without putting too much restrictions on your diet; and in weeks, you would have lost some pounds without your body really feeling the impact.
5. Guarding Against The Effects of Stress
Tension causes the brain and nervous system to over function. And as a direct consequence to this effect, there is an insatiable need for foods with the following nutrients: minerals (especially magnesium and calcium), unsaturated fatty acids, vitamin E. The Mediterranean diet comes with a lot of these nutrients, and as such your body can avoid the stress of trying to get those nutrients, hereby helping to reduce stress effect.
The body gets to enjoy a lot of things with the provision of such nutrients: nervous fatigue is rarely experienced, sleep is handled well, memory is always active, negative mood swings are less experienced etc. In addition, it is known that stress only serves as an encouraging factor in the production of free radicals. The Mediterranean diet helps to protect the body against wearing out quickly with the production of different antioxidants.
6. Preventing acceleration of aging
Due to the high consumption of fruit and vegetables preconized by the Mediterranean diet, also the integration of fish and whole grains in our daily meals, our intake of antioxidant vitamins improve significantly and which enhance our protection against rapid aging factors.
– The Mediterranean diet is particularly suited to people in areas exposed to strong sunlight because the strong sunlight of these areas provide their inhabitants regular assimilation of vitamin D, which is not necessarily the case for the people of the Nordic countries
– Some people may have their eating habits completely disrupted by the introduction of the olive oil, and other foods recommended in the Mediterranean diet, such as vegetables, for example. It is necessary to introduce these foods gradually to facilitate their integration into your body