A Powerful Secret of the Mediterranean Diet

Another new study has once again confirmed that people who follow the Mediterranean Diet live longer and are healthier than other Europeans and Americans. Researcher are trying to piece together the pieces of the puzzle to find out what it is about this diet that is so health promoting.

The Mediterranean diet is not a specific diet plan or diet program but a collection of eating habits that are traditionally followed by the people of the Mediterranean region. There are many countries in the Mediterranean area and food habits vary between these countries, depending on the culture, ethnic background and religion, but they do share some characteristics.

Some of the dietary characteristics that the Mediterranean people have are in common are:

* A high consumption of fruits, vegetables, potatoes, beans, nuts, seeds, bread and other cereals.
* Olive oil used for cooking and dressings.
* Moderate amounts of fish and meat.
* Mmoderate amounts of full fat cheese and yogurt.
* Moderate consumption of red wine, usually with meals.
* Reliance on local, seasonal, fresh produce.
* An active lifestyle.

Many scientists believe that one of the keys to their health is the consumption of red wine. Studies show that people who drink red wine regularly have lower rates of cancer, Alzheimers, and heart disease.

The true benefits of red wine do not come from the alcohol, but from the grapes themselves. Studies at Harvard Medical School have shown that special flavinoid antioxidants in red wine grapes, called resveratrol, may promote health benefits to the heart and blood vessels. Red grapes are one of the richest sources of flavonoids, which is why red wine is more heart-healthy than white wine, beer, or other spirits.

One recent study showed that resveratrol reverses the coronary and obesity effects of a diet high in fat and calories in mice. When large doses of resveratrol was given to lab mice, the mice ran twice as far on a treadmill than they had previously and also had a reduced heart rate. The mice also lived longer than mice who had not received the resveratrol.

Resveratrol is known for its ability to protect plants from bacteria and fungi, and researchers are now finding out that it helps us by preventing the negative effects of high-calorie diets, and it has anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer potential.

The findings led to a marked increase in red wine sales in the United States despite the fact that the amount of resveratrol is very small in most red wines in the United States, because of the way that most grapes are grown and processed for wine. This is why many scientists are recommending that people add resveratrol to their diets as a supplement.

We can change our future and our health by changing what we eat. We need to avoid processed foods and eat as much organic and natural produce as we can. We also need to supplement our diets with good supplements and superfoods that are easy for the body to absorb and help us get the nutrition that we are lacking in our diets.

It is always better to take a whole food supplement than an isolated chemical ingredient. That is why so many supplements with substances that the scientists are all excited about end up not working well. Scientific tests pinpoint the whole food nutrient that works to help your body heal, but when they isolate it and make a chemical copy of it, it doesn’t work nearly as well with our body.

Often our body needs some of the other nutrients found in the whole food to activate the benefits of that nutritional ingredient. We need real natural food to fuel our body. Chemical isolates just don’t do the job.

If you are ready to add resveratrol to your diet, it's important that you find a source that is powerful, natural and bio-available (easily absorbed and used by your body). I found a great whole food supplement that is all this and more. It is called Genesis™ from Symmetry Direct.

Each single ounce of Genesis™ is guaranteed to contain the health benefits of resveratrol equivalent to one whole bottle of red wine, plus a proprietary blend of herbs and other powerful foods. The renowned antioxidant properties of whole fruit pomegranate and whole fruit red grape combine with the healing and restorative nature of whole fruit apple and Aloe Vera for a heavenly-tasting 100% whole food juice product.

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