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3 Reasons Why The Mediterranean Diet Keeps You Healthy

Feb. 29, 2016|616 views
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Extra Virgin Olive Oil is one of the key components of the ultra-healthy Mediterranean diet. It’s difficult—and perhaps pointless—to tease out one specific component of such a healthy diet and point to it as especially beneficial. The Mediterranean diet is undoubtedly extraordinarily healthful for many reasons. For example, it features very little red meat, which has recently been linked to a greater risk of various lifestyle disease.

And it also features virtually no added sugars; also identified as a risk factor for many modern illnesses and conditions. And then there’s the presence of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids from fish, and antioxidant compounds and other phytonutrients from fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, and legumes. The Mediterranean diet has all that going for it. But it also has olive oil. And that may give this diet a special edge.

That’s because extra virgin olive oil is rich in antioxidant polyphenol compounds, including one compound unique to olive oil called oleocanthal. Scientists have known for some time that this compound quickly kills cancer cells growing in culture in the laboratory. But they weren’t sure how it accomplished this impressive feat. Until now.

The compound uses the cell’s own machinery against it, causing it to undergo rapid death, while leaving healthy cells unaffected. What’s more, oleocanthal has previously been shown to inhibit various processes related to cancer development, including proliferation, migration, and invasion of breast and prostate cancer cells.

3 Reasons Why The Mediterranean Diet Keeps You Healthy:

1) It includes healthy fats such as olive oil 

2) Unlimited amounts of fruits and vegetables

3) Strict NO ADDED sugar rule

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Paul Breslin, co-author of the study, said "The mechanism of killing cancer cells and sparing healthy cells, lysosomal membrane permeabilization, has been hypothesized as a possible mechanism of effectively killing cancer cells and sparing healthy tissues but has never been realized before. Our realization of this makes this paper of particular therapeutic interest for cancer treatment…the Mediterranean diet is known to be associated with a reduced risk of many different kinds of cancer. Whereas the entire diet likely has many benefits, this study points directly to the olive oil phenolic, oleocanthal, as playing an especially important role in these observations. As more people turn to the Mediterranean diet as a healthy life option, oleocanthal is growing in its significance as a key active component of this diet."

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