We know from many studies that the Mediterranean diet is the most recommended. Now new research from Zhejiang University (China) reveals the common element that ingredients alone have.
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Rich in fruits, vegetables and seafood, the Mediterranean diet is recognized as the healthiest.
But scientists have found another reason why it is so beneficial - its magnesium content.
The mineral is essential for the human body.
It is needed in over 300 biological processes, including energy production for cells.
The study was done by Zhejiang University (China).
In it, scientists analyzed data from 40 previous research conducted from 1999 to 2016.
And they concluded that a magnesium-rich diet produces a 10% lower risk of coronary heart disease.
They are 12% less risk of stroke and 26% less risk of type 2 diabetes.
The US government recommends a daily intake of 300 mg of magnesium for men and 270 mg for women.
However, 11% of women and 16% of men have magnesium deficiency - almost 50% of teenagers.
According to one of the authors, Dr. Fudi Wang, "Low levels of magnesium in the body have been linked to a number of diseases."
"The study provides the most up-to-date evidence between the role of magnesium in food and the overall reduction in disease risk."
Data show that many fail to meet the recommended daily dose of magnesium.
Even in developed countries like the United States, explains Dr. Wang.
For this reason, it is crucial to raise awareness about the effect of magnesium on the human body, and our need for it.
Magnesium is found in green leaves, nuts, whole grains, meat and fish.
This is basically the description of a typical Mediterranean diet dish.
The key is not just eating one of these items, but a wide range of foods that contain the mineral, the researchers say.
How about some recipes containing these ingredients?
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