wine berry farmSo, you want to live longer, feel great and look good, why not try the Mediterranean diet? Proven by more than 50 scientific studies, it is one of the secrets behind the longevity of some communities.

Italy has one of the highest populations of elderly people in the world. It also has the highest number of over 80-year olds in Europe. Greek people come a close second place, with 6.3% of their population. One of the reasons behind this is their Mediterranean diet.

What is the Mediterranean Diet?

This diet contains a high amount of fruit and vegetables – many of them raw – lots of olive oil that promotes heart health, nuts, fish and fish oils, and moderate amounts of wine.

Mediterranean diet provides plenty of ‘good’ fats that feed the brain and reduces LDL cholesterol, preventing the narrowing of the arteries, as well as heart attacks and stroke.

People who consume olive oil or different kinds of nuts regularly have a reduced risk of heart disease and stroke compared to people who eat a standard low-fat diet.

The Wonders of Wine

Red wine is a special ingredient of this diet. Teetotalers may think they are making the healthiest choice, but wine drinkers have a third less chance of dying early compared with people who do not drink at all. They likewise have a lower risk of cancer.

Red wine contains a polyphenol called resveratrol, which dilates arteries, increases blood flow, stops red blood cells from clumping together and preventing a build-up of bad cholesterol before they can harden the arteries.

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Australians can enjoy the same benefits as their Mediterranean friends when they consume wine from famous wineries in Margaret River and other parts of the country. Their produce is rich in polyphenols that help people live a longer life.

Moderate wine consumption in addition to a diet rich in fruit, vegetables and fish can prevent diseases and increase one’s lifespan. It tastes great as well.