(PatrioticPost.com)- Reports show people who follow The Mediterranean Diet are said to have lived longer, have a better quality of life, and have a lower risk of cancer.
In 2013, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) placed the Mediterranean diet on the Representative List of Humanity’s Intangible Cultural Heritage. It is a three-dimensional system that comprises agriculture, harvesting, fishing, animal husbandry, conservation, processing, cooking, and the food itself.
A distinguishing element of this time-honored dietary pattern is that most substances employed have anti-cancer qualities.
Cancer cells require blood veins to receive nutrition, and the Mediterranean diet restricts these routes. Cancer cells secrete or create angiogenic substances in their surrounding tissues, which build a vascular system that supports the cancer cells. Cancer cells enter the circulatory system via these new blood vessels to disseminate.
Studies show many of the ingredients in the Mediterranean diet are natural anti-angiogenic agents. They can successfully prevent and even control cancer by suppressing angiogenesis in the human body and reducing the imbalance of blood vessel formation. Adherence to the Mediterranean diet is linked to a decreased risk of cancer.
The use of virgin olive oil as the primary lipid in the Mediterranean diet is distinctive. It also includes some vegetables, fruits, beans, grains, nuts, and a significant amount of seafood. The diet is low in red meat, moderate or low in dairy goods, and contains a little red wine.
Studies report that olives, olive tree leaves, and virgin olive oil contain a nutrient that exhibits significant anti-cancer and anti-angiogenic properties. Oleuropein, a natural compound found in olive oil, can modulate several oncogenic signaling pathways and is used in the prevention and treatment of cancer. The oil contains both saponifiable and unsaponifiable components.
Resveratrol, found in the skin of red grapes, peanuts, and berries, is a non-flavonoid polyphenol. The antiangiogenic efficacy of resveratrol can inhibit the metastasis of glioma cancer cells and angiogenesis in melanoma and can decrease microvessel density in lung carcinomas.
The Mediterranean diet also includes cold-water fish rich in lipids.
They are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which cannot be synthesized in the human body and must be consumed through diet.
Tomatoes, unfiltered Greek coffee, dry oregano, and rosemary also hold cancer preventative properties.
I’m hoping Gelato and Baklava have the same cancer-preventive ingredients, too.