Health: the Mediterranean diet protects against chronic diseases

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Health: the Mediterranean diet protects against chronic diseases

Those who adhere to the rules of the Mediterranean diet protects against chronic silent inflammation, the basis of many chronic degenerative diseases. It was discovered by researchers Mediterranean Neurological Institute IRCCS Neuromed Pozzilli, Isernia, with a study published in the scientific journal Blood. Eating in particular fruit, tomatoes and vegetables broadleaf, olive oil, legumes and cereals guarantees normal values ​​or slightly more 'low platelet and white blood cells in the blood which, if high, indicates the presence of inflammation in the body. Scholars have counted the number of platelets and white blood cells and assessed the eating habits of 14,586 subjects recruited within the Moli-sani Project, study on the population of Molise which involved 25 thousand people. "The dietary pattern directly regulates small variations in the number of platelets and leukocytes, two important inflammatory markers involved in many chronic degenerative diseases - explains Marialaura Bonaccio, of the department of epidemiology and prevention institute and lead author of the study -. In particular, we have observed that the content of antioxidants and fiber and 'directly correlated with their decrease ".