Mediterranean Diet Good for Heart Function

According to a study, a Mediterranean-style diet, one that is loaded with fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains and low in saturated fats, encourages heart function even in males who are hereditarily inclined to poor heart health.

That is the result of a new study of twins printed in the July edition of Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, a journal of the American Heart Association.

Jun Dai, an Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology in the Applied Health Science Department at Indiana University in Bloomington, said in a written statement, “This means that the autonomic system controlling someone’s heart rate works better in people who eat a diet similar to a Mediterranean diet”.

A Mediterranean-style diet talks about the conventional cooking method of nations neighboring the Mediterranean Sea.

The diet consists of fish, legumes, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and nuts; while spices and herbs are used to give flavor to foods instead of salt; and wine in controlled quantity.

Study Leader Dai and associates say that the diet is recognized to decrease the risk of coronary disease, but till now the method has not been understood properly.

However, in this study, canvassers revealed that a Mediterranean-style diet is connected to greater heart rate variability (HRV), a calculation of the time interval between a person’s heart beats on a daily basis.