Among the many benefits of the Mediterranean diet, researchers have found it is linked to slower aging.

Women who ate Mediterranean foods like vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes, unrefined grains, fish, and olive oil had longer telomeres in their blood cells. (Refining removes much of the fiber linked to longevity, as well as Vitamin E and B.)

*Telomeres are sequences of DNA that form protective caps at the end of chromosomes.

*Telomeres get shorter every time a cell divides and factors like stress and inflammation in the body may also shorten telomeres.

Mediterranean Diet is rich in anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, which help prevent inflammation in the body.

The women studied were ranked on a scale of 1 to 10, based on their adherence to the Mediterranean diet, 10 being the highest. With each level higher, telomere length corresponded with about 1.5 years less aging for the woman. Conclusion: more adherence to the Mediterranean leads to longevity and anti-aging.

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Sunday, May 1st, is Greek Orthodox Easter. Lamb is a commonly consumed meat in the Mediterranean diet, and tradition on Easter. Some of the health benefits include:

#1 Heart Disease ย  *Grass fed lamb is a significant source of omega-3 fats, which are associated with decreased risk of inflammation and heart disease. Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is also found, and is associated with reduced inflammation and reduced body fat. About 40% of the fat found in lamb, is from oleic acid, a healthy, mono-unsaturated fat like found in olive oil.

#2 Stress ย  ย  *Grass fed lamb is a very good source of selenium and a good source of zinc. Healthy intake of these antioxidant minerals is a protective factor against oxidative stress and development of heart disease.

#3 Diabetes ย  ย *Endorsed by the American Diabetic Association, for being a lean meat with high protein and help to regulate blood sugar. Lamb has virtually no carb content. This fact might also allow the broad B-vitamin content in lamb to help support metabolism of other carbs eaten during the meal.

#4 Vitamins. ย  ย *Lamb is an excellent source of Vitamin B12 and niacin. It also provides important amount of B1, B2, B6, folate, biotin, pantothenic acid, and choline. All are important for healthy metabolism and cardiovascular health.

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There are 2 main types of cinnamon.

*Ceylon cinnamon, often considered to be “true cinnamon”. This is the type used most in Europe, and the Mediterranean diet.ย 

*Cassia cinnamon , or Chinese cinnamon, which originates from southern China and is typically the less expensive option.

Cinnamon has been consumed since 2000 BC. In medieval times doctors used cinnamon to treat conditions such as coughing, arthritis, and sore throats.

Cinnamon is believed to help treat muscle spasms, vomiting, diarrhea, infections, the common cold, loss of appetite, and ED.

#1 Diabetes ย  ย *Cinnamon may help improve glucose and lipids levels in patients with type 2 diabetes. Including cinnamon in diet for persons with type 2 diabetes, showed reduced serum glucose, triglyceride, LDL cholesterol, and total cholesterol.

#2 Alzheimer’s disease ย  ย  *Studies showed cinnamon may help prevent Alzheimer’s disease. An extract called CEppt, contains properties that can inhibit the development of the disease.

#3 Multiple Sclerosis ย  *Cinnamon may help the destructive process of multiple sclerosis (MS), according to research. Cinnamon could help eliminate the need to take some expensive and unpleasant drugs.

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