Does Mediterranean diet improve heart health?

Dr Frank Lipman
Dec 19, 2022

What do we know about the Mediterranean diet and heart health? Research suggests that the Mediterranean diet is protective for the heart: it decreases blood pressure and prevents cardiovascular events.

Study Summary

The Mediterranean diet is characterized by moderate protein consumption paired with high vegetable and olive oil intake. It contains fish, nuts/healthy fats, whole grains, beans and legumes, and fruits and vegetables.

A review of research, including 45 studies, concluded that better adherence to the Mediterranean diet is associated with a reduction in poor heart health outcomes, including heart disease and stroke.

The Mediterranean diet is one of the most well-researched diets. It is nutrient dense, rich in fiber, healthy fats, and antioxidants. These diet characteristics are anti-inflammatory and enhance the function of blood vessels, both of which are beneficial for heart health.

The Hearty Take

At Hearty we recommend that you eat a minimally processed, mainly plant-based diet with healthy fats and moderate protein. You can also get your genetics tested to understand how to best eat for your genes.

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