Mediterranean diet may help avert breast cancer: Experts
Mediterranean diet has so many benefits that it has become one of the most talked about diets in the world. It is one of the rarest diets that give you longer and healthier lifespan, protects you from heart ailments, improves your stamina and comes with a host of other benefits.
Now there are reports that the Mediterranean diet also prevents breast cancer. The diet is rich in vegetables, nuts, olive oil and other healthy foods besides of course the ubiquitous red wine.
Mediterranean diet helps in living longer. It has been linked to longer telomere length. For many telomeres must be a new terminology. According to health experts they are the end of chromosomes that play a crucial role in longevity. They protect the DNA from deteriorating, with longer length associated with slower ageing. A study done by researchers has revealed the risk of chronic diseases is reduced by the diet that is rich in vegetables, fruits, nuts, olive oil and legumes. One thing that has been established to be crucial for a long and healthy life is dietary diversity. This fact has been confirmed by none other than Emeritus Professor of Medicine at Monash University Professor Mark Wahlqvist.
Experts suggest that sticking to a Mediterranean diet rather than a standard low-fat diet could help lower your risk of developing breast cancer, according to a recent study published in JAMA: Internal Medicine. In fact, the women who consumed the most olive oil during the study had the lowest instance of breast cancer. So what could this mean for you? Our experts weighed in with tips and some caveats. Youâ€™ve likely heard of the Mediterranean diet â€“ it has been touted for its health benefits in many other arenas in addition to cancer prevention. But what exactly is it?
Cindy Guirino, while talking about it says, â€œA Mediterranean diet is a pattern of eating that emphasizes traditional foods found around the Mediterranean Sea: olive oil, legumes, fish, fruits, vegetables and nutsâ€¦It is a lifestyle that emphasizes daily exercise, sharing meals with others and fostering a deep appreciation for the pleasures of eating healthy and delicious foods.â€
Guirino further says, â€œThe authors reported that women eating a Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra virgin olive oil (four tablespoons per day) showed a 68 percent relatively lower risk of malignant breast cancer than those allocated to the control dietâ€¦This is likely due to the reduction of inflammation in the body. Extra-virgin olive oil is the fresh-squeezed juice of an olive. It contains the polyphenol, oleocanthal, which possesses similar anti-inflammatory properties to ibuprofen.â€