Friday, August 28, 2009

Mediterranean Diet Helps Control Inflammation

The Mediterranean diet is known specifically for its use of olive oil, red wine, vegetables and fish. Keeping this in mind I share this quote:
"Thousands upon thousands of persons have studied disease. Almost no one has studied health."

Olive oil, or 'Liquid Gold' contains natural anti-inflammatory agents which scientific evidence suggests reduce inflammation in autoimmune diseases like Rheumatoid Arthritis, aid in heart health and wards off many chronic diseases.
Olive oil is also well known for it's 'Beauty' secrets. Visit: -'Anti Aging' Tricks Of The Trade - Olive Oil Secrets for details.
Jeanne Calment, who holds the record for the longest confirmed lifespan, reportedly attributed her longevity and relatively youthful appearance to olive oil, which she said she poured on all her food and rubbed into her skin.
So, enjoy this healthy oil on everything from salads to cooking meats, fish and vegetables.

Red Wine, a daily glass or two with meals has benefits for inflammation, digestion and your heart.
Regarding red wines, chemical and food experts have known for years that wine contains rich deposits of vitamins, minerals, and natural sugars that are often beneficial to good health. Wine is rich in potassium and low in sodium. Red wines have more of these elements due to the juices longer contact with the grape skins and is rich in Vitamin B which comes from the grape skins as well.
Red wine aids digestion in the production and flow of gastric juices. This facilitates digestion by breaking down the food in the stomach quickly and effectively.
For many persons after the age of 50 the body does not produce enough hydrochloric acid essential for proper digestion. In line with that fact, many health care providers suggest a glass or two of wine with a meal. Wine also may help lower the risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer´s disease.

Protein sources for this diet are primarily fish, which is specifically helpful for RA patients. Fish, in particular oily fish like Salmon have anti-inflammatory effects. Protein is lost during the inflammatory process, and high amounts of protein may be protective.
Fish should be the primary sources of protein and some evidence suggests fish oil supplements may be helpful.

Carbohydrate choices should put a high emphasize on fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes, beans, and whole grains.
Foods seasoned with fresh garlic and onions are highly recommended.

Of special interest to sufferers of RA is the latest health news. A naturally occurring chemical found in extra-virgin olive oil is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agent.
Scientists from the Monell Chemical Senses Center and collaborators state that the named oleocanthal by the researchers is the compound that inhibits activity of cyclooxygenase (COX) enzymes, a pharmacological action shared by ibuprofen.
This is "significant" because inflammation increasingly is believed to play a key role in a variety of chronic diseases.
Some of the health-related effects of the Mediterranean diet may be due to the natural anti-COX activity of oleocanthal from premium olive oils," observes Monell biologist Gary Beauchamp, PhD.
These findings are described in depth in the September 1st
issue of the journal 'Nature.'

Suggestions: Organic Unfiltered Olive Oil First Cold
Press and Organic Red wine.
Sold in most grocery stores in the Organic section.

"Good Health to You"

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