As everyone knows dieting is not always healthy for your body or in some cases for your life. Diets can deprive your body of the essential nutrients your body needs to keep your bones from becoming frail, and to keep your mind strong while you are aging. A new study of the Mediterranean Diet shows that it is a healthy way to stop inflammation, and reduce the rate of bone loss in people with osteoporosis.
The Mediterranean Diet consists of plant based foods such as: vegetables, fruits, fish, whole grains, and legumes. You also are allowed to eat healthy fats from olive oils and nuts. Some animal proteins are allowed as long as they are eaten in moderation and not every day. Red meats are allowed as long as they are eaten sparingly and in moderation. Don't worry though if you are a chocolate lover you are aloud to eat dark chocolate as long as you don't go over board, once a day won't hurt you.
In 2012 a study was performed by, The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. This study involved 127 Hispanic men who had low bone formation, they were told to start the Mediterranean Diet high in virgin olive oil, they consumed about ¼ cup per day. As a result of this study the men were found to have increased their levels of osteocalcin. Osteocalcin is an important factor in the formation of bones. Another study was performed by the JAMA Internal Medicine, found that women who strictly followed the Mediterranean Diet had a lower risk of hip fractures. They say that this is due to the antioxidants and the anti-inflammatory benefits of the Mediterranean Diet.
So, if you are ever worried about the strength of your bones decreasing and breaking easily and you don’t want to take vitamins or supplements the Mediterranean Diet is a great way to strengthen your bones by just a quick change in your diet.