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New Research Provides Evidence


In just six weeks, the Mediterranean diet can help reduce inflammation in body tissue. This is among the first findings to come out of a pilot research project carried out by nutrition expert Lynn Ferguson at the University of Aukland, New Zealand, to provide ideal solutions to lessen the symptoms of inflammatory diseases of the intestines.
The first part of the study involved 30 volunteers in good health, but accustomed to an unbalanced diet. Participants increased their intake of typically Mediterranean foods like fish, vegetables, and whole grains, eliminating processed food. After a month and a half, the levels of molecules that signal inflammation showed marked reductions.
Research into the anti-inflammatory effects of the Mediterranean diet is continuing at present on subjects who are afflicted with chronic inflammatory intestinal diseases to verify the results. More research will continue into the anti-inflammatory effects on other diseases such as Alzheimer’s, cardiovascular disease, some types of tumours, Crohn’s syndrome, rheumatism, and type 2 diabetes.