The Mediterranean diet can reduce the risk of developing dangerously high blood pressure (pre-eclampsia) and other adverse effects in pregnant women. This is stated in a new study by the American Schmidt Heart Institute, published in late December 2022 in the peer-reviewed journal JAMA Network Open.
The researchers assessed the link between an anti-inflammatory diet (the Mediterranean diet is just that) and other pregnancy complications. These include gestational diabetes, pre-eclampsia and eclampsia, preterm birth, low birth weight for age, and stillbirth.
According to her, the study also shows that following a Mediterranean diet during conception can also improve pregnancy outcomes.
The Mediterranean diet is also good for men
Another recent study published in the journal Nutrients found that the Mediterranean diet can also improve sperm quality. Men’s fertility increased by reducing inflammation in the body. Among the particularly effective components were monounsaturated fats, flavonoids, vitamins C and E, polyphenols, and limited consumption of processed meat.
At the same time, diets low in fruits and vegetables and high in sodium and fat are associated with an increased risk of inflammation.
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