Sci-tech16: 59 01.09.2018 (updated 17:00 01.09.2018) Short URLScientists have established that the Mediterranean diet had a beneficial effect on the health of the elderly and considerably increased the life span, according to the British Journal of Nutrition. Italian scientists have come to the conclusion that the Mediterranean diet, characterized by an abundant consumption of fruit, of vegetables, whole grains, fish, herbs, olive oil, and to a lesser extent cheeses, yogurts, eggs and poultry, increased longevity, according to the British Journal of Nutrition.
"We found that a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, fish, olives and seeds and whole grains reduced the likelihood of premature death by about 25 percent," experts said.
Scientists have in particular studied data on the health status of about 12,000 people of different ages and economic situations, observing certain nutrition habits.
The choice of the Mediterranean diet, even at older ages, would reduce the risk of premature death by 24% in men and 29% in women, and the probability of stroke and heart attacks by 9% in men and 11% among women.
The researchers believe that the reason for such a favorable effect would be the large number of unsaturated fats that have a beneficial effect on blood vessel function and help the body get rid of cholesterol.