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Halt Aging With This Diet

By Ashley Hume
Posted On May 07, 2016
Halt Aging With This Diet

For years, we’ve all heard about the numerous benefits of the Mediterranean diet. From promoting heart health to stimulating weight loss to reducing the risk of dementia, depression, and cardiovascular problems, the reasons to try this eating plan, inspired by the cuisine of the countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea, just keep piling up.

Well, here’s another big one to add to the list. A recent study found that the Mediterranean diet might actually slow down the aging process. Researchers behind the European Union-funded NU-AGE project discovered that consuming foods associated with the Mediterranean diet decreases the production of the C-reactive protein, which is linked to biological aging. In addition, people with osteoporosis experienced a decreased rate of bone loss when following a Mediterranean regimen.

Researchers involved in The Nu-Age project created a customized Mediterranean-style diet for 1, 142 volunteers, who hailed from five different countries, including France, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, and the United Kingdom.

Nu-Age project coordinator Professor Claudio Franceschi of the University of Bologna, Italy, noted dissimilarities of the diet’s impact were found between participants of different genders and nationalities. However, the overall effectiveness of the Mediterranean diet in slowing the aging process was apparent.

Professor Franceschi said, “The NU-AGE conference was a great success and allowed us to share the most recent results of the project as well as decide on the next steps and future work.”

Starting the Mediterranean diet is much easier than you would think. Here are a few items to add to your grocery list that will have you eating like a Greek in no time!

  • Fruits and Vegetables.
  • Whole grains like quinoa, millet, couscous, and whole-wheat bread.
  • Healthy fats such as olive oil.
  • Fish and lean protein.
  • Nuts and seeds.
  • Lentils and other legumes.
  • Herbs and spices (use for flavoring instead of salt).
  • Dairy (limited amounts) including cheese and yogurt.