The Mediterranean diet improves the properties of good cholesterol

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The Mediterranean diet improves the properties of good cholesterol

A few good eating habits help prevent the development of cardiovascular disease in a “simple and affordable”.

Numerous studies have confirmed the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet, based primarily on products of plant origin, little processed, fresh and seasonal. Now, a group of Spanish scientists from the Center for biomedical research in red‐fisiopatologia of obesity and nutrition (CIBEROBN) and the Hospital del Mar Institute of medical research (IMIM), has managed to demonstrate the positive impact that has on cholesterol HDL – the ‘good’ – a Mediterranean diet, especially when this is rich in olive oil.

People who follow a Mediterranean diet, especially if this is rich in olive oil, they improve significantly the cardioprotective functions of ‘good’ cholesterol

To carry out the study, the researchers chose randomly 296 people in the prevention study with Mediterranean diet (PREDIMED), a clinical trial studying how it affects the implementation of this diet in people at high risk of cardiovascular disease. Subsequently, divided them into three groups: one of them followed a Mediterranean diet rich in olive oil; another the same diet, but rich in dried fruits; and the last was provided with a diet that is low in fat.

To contrast the results, both at the beginning and at the end of the study, which lasted for a year, were obtained blood samples from all patients, in which isolated the HDL. When tested, scientists have noted how people who had followed a Mediterranean diet in particular those to which it had been recommended that this should be rich in olive oil, had been improved in a palpable way cardioprotective ‘good’ cholesterol functions.

Benefits of ‘good’ cholesterol for heart

‘Good’ cholesterol is an ally of the cardiovascular system and blood circulation. Its features include its ability to clean the walls of the arteries all trace of cholesterol, preventing obstruction of the same, its antioxidant effect (avoiding harmful fats from rusting on contact with blood), or its benefit in the relaxation of the blood vessels.

The results of the study, which were published on February 13 in the journal Circulation, have confirmed a new benefit that brings the Mediterranean diet to our health, in this case in relation to HDL, which according to the researchers denotes the importance of having a good eating habits to prevent the development of cardiovascular disease in a “simple and affordable”.

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