THE MEDITERRANEAN DIET: Foods, Recipes & Benefits
A way of eating based on traditional foods
Already in 1999, a Greek study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition revealed that olive oil helps to prevent rheumatoid arthritis, and this finding has been corroborated by more recent researches. According to the studies, a high consumption of vegetables and olive oil can prevent this disease.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic and inflammatory disorder that affects joints. Approximately 1% of the world's population is affected by this disorder - women 3 times more often than men. The joints become inflamed producing pain, deformity, and difficulty for the movement, although it can also affect other parts of the organism. Its appearance and evolution are influenced by many factors such as genetics, hormones and also food. Although food can not cure arthritis, it can make the disease more bearable or complicated.
Results of the study
The study was developed with 145 patients and the results were the following:
Food in the rheumatic diseases
Rheumatoid arthritis is one of more than 100 existing rheumatic diseases, so the diagnosis must be made or confirmed by a rheumatologist.
However, anyone with articulations discomfort can improve by following a few dietary guidelines that basically consist of overweight consumption of raw vegetables, fruits, salads in conjunction with extra virgin olive oil and whole grains and/or legumes.
Vegetables have a high diuretic action as they are rich in potassium, so they help eliminate fluid retention. They are also depurative, regulate the level of fat in blood and prevents atherosclerosis like the onion. Therefore, they are useful in reducing inflammatory processes.
Foods to Avoid
It is advisable to avoid certain foods such as red meats, sausages, animal fats and hydrogenated fats, sweets, carbonated drinks, and soft drinks, and do not abuse of sugar, coffee, and refined flours.
The Olive Oil
Olive Oil contains oleocantal, a substance that blocks the enzymes involved in inflammation. 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil equals one-tenth of a dose of ibuprofen, according to a study by the Monnell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia. It does not look like much, but every little change in the diet counts!