Mediterranean Diet Promotes Healthy Aging

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Benefits of Mediterranean diet has been well documented. In previous post it was noted that the Mediterranean diet was ranked it the No. 1 best diets overall for the US News & World report 2020 Best Diets.

A typical Mediterranean diet includes “lots of vegetables, fruits, beans, cereals and cereal products, for example wholegrain bread, pasta and brown rice along with moderate amounts of fish, white meat and some dairy”.

Promoting Gut Gut Microbes

In a recent research led by Dr. Paul O’Toole, a microbiologist at University College Cork, in Ireland reported that the Mediterranean diet was found to improve gut microbes in older people. More detailed analysis of the study revealed that “the microbiome changes were associated with an increase in bacteria known to produce beneficial short-chain fatty acids and a decrease in bacteria involved in producing particular bile acids, overproduction of which are linked to a heightened risk of bowel cancer, insulin resistance, fatty liver and cell damage”.

The researchers conclude that “our findings support the feasibility of improving the habitual diet to modulate the gut microbiota which in turn has the potential to promote healthier ageing”.

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