Mediterranean Diet Cuts Risk of Atrial Fibrillation and Other Heart Conditions

Mediterranean Diet Cuts Risk of Atrial Fibrillation and Other Heart Conditions

'An accumulation of research data is continuing to conclude that the Mediterranean diet is a significantly heart-healthy diet, and can not only reduce the risk of heart disease, but those factors that contribute to heart disease and metabolic syndrome.
Mediterranean Diet and Atrial Fibrillation

Researchers from Spain's University of Navarra and the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria – along with others - have determined that a Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra virgin olive oil significantly decreases the risk of atrial fibrillation.

The researchers followed 6,704 people for nearly five years. A third of them ate a Mediterranean diet supplemented with mixed nuts, a third ate a Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra virgin olive oil, and a third ate a low-fat diet.

The researchers found that the Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra virgin olive oil reduced the risk of atrial fibrillation by 38% over the low-fat diet group.'

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