What is the Mediterranean diet?

The Mediterranean diet is characterised by generous servings of foods such as greens, whole grains, fish, and olive oil.

Mediterranean diet reduces inflammation

While the link between the diet and a reduction in inflammation has been established, the connection between the eating plan and levels of platelets and white blood cells, two specific inflammatory markers in the body, has remained unclear.

High platelet counts are associated with both vascular disease and non-vascular conditions such as cancer, and a high white blood cell count is a predictor of ischemic vascular disease.

Over 15 000 Italians studied

Researchers conducted an analysis of the eating habits of nearly 15 000 healthy Italian men and women ages 35 or older in the Molise region of Central and Southern Italy.

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The study found that the consumption of the Mediterranean diet was directly related to lower levels of platelets and white blood cells, which in turn correlated to lower levels of inflammation.

Source: American Society of Hematology via ScienceDaily

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