Mediterranean diet for a long life

Researchers have discovered its success is due to polyphenols (a plant based compound)

Leonardo da Vinci once remarked, “Trifles make perfection and perfection is no trifle.”

Trifles can make a huge difference in surgery, when building rockets, in nutrition, or in life generally.

For instance, a report in the publication LifeExtension shows that a Mediterranean Diet prolongs life. As we all age, this is no trifle.

For years doctors and nutritionists have known the Mediterranean Diet is a ‘Five Star’ one. But no one knew why this diet had such remarkable benefits. Now, researchers have discovered its success is due to polyphenols (a plant based compound). They lower the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) by an amazing 60%.

This means fewer heart attacks, strokes, hypertension and less inflammation.

The author of the report, Michael Downey, says that most people fail to obtain sufficient polyphenols in their diet. Authorities agree that people should eat 10 servings of fruit and vegetables every day to reduce CVD risk. Unfortunately, for most people, it’s impossible to consume this amount of fiber, nuts, artichokes, lentils, grapes, pomegranates, olives, fish and wine each day.

The Mediterranean Diet also affects the risk of dying.

In 2016, at the European Society of Cardiology conference, a study showed that the number of those who followed the Mediterranean Diet were 37% less likely to die than those who ate a non-Mediterranean diet.

One researcher made the sage remark that, “the Mediterranean Diet provides more protection against heart disease than most of today’s prescription drugs!” And this isn’t a trifle!

Since so many North Americans suffer from hypertension, one study is of particular importance.

After a year on two types of Mediterranean Diets, subjects showed that blood pressure had declined. Equally important, researchers discovered that increased amounts of polyphenols and nitric oxide were being excreted by the kidneys.

Nitric oxide (NO) is nature’s natural arterial relaxant. I’ve previously reported that, as we age, less NO is produced by our bodies, causing constriction of arteries, hypertension and erectile dysfunction. Neo40, a natural remedy, is a pill that produces NO and is available in Health Food Stores (HFS).

Due to my age I’ve been using this product daily for several years.

In view of the increasing prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease another finding is significant. Those who were consistent in following the Mediterranean Diet had less age-related brain shrinkage.

Since it’s a challenge for most people to consume sufficient polyphenols, extracts such as grapeseed, pomegranate, walnut, pecan and artichoke are also available in health food stores.

I love blueberries and was pleased to read that numerous studies show blueberries supply the brain with increased amounts of oxygenated blood.

British researchers studied the effect of blueberry concentrate on brain function for 12 weeks on a group of people with an average age of 68.

What made this experiment unique was that researchers analyzed brain function with a powerful MRI scanner while subjects were being asked questions. This revealed that blueberries produced a significant increase in brain activity.

Later, the use of blueberry concentrate on a group of children seven to 10 years of age showed another amazing finding. They were given a battery of tests over a period of several hours.

Significant improvements in memory were seen as quickly as 1.25 hours after using blueberry concentrate.

Some authorities have labelled blueberries as the number one antioxidant. This means that blueberries destroy what’s known as free radicals, the waste products of metabolism, which are associated with an aging brain, cancer, and heart disease.

So the Mediterranean Diet is a prudent way to fight these major problems as it contains a variety of fruits, vegetables, fish, grapes, nuts, fiber, and tomatoes loaded with lycopenes which may help to prevent prostate cancer.

A variety of healthy polyphenol extracts are all available in Health Food Stores.

I’ll add more blueberries to my diet.

I’ll also continue taking Neo40 and several thousand milligrams of Vitamin C powder daily, which carries more oxygenated blood to the brain. Why? Because during the past year no reader has been able to inform me of anyone who has developed Alzheimer’s disease while taking 4,000 to 6,000 mg of Vitamin C daily for several years. This is a very interesting finding.

For more information, go online to For comments, email

Just Posted

Red Deer College students host event for survivors of sexual assault

Take Back the Night aims to ‘shatter the silence and stop the violence’

City responds to this year’s provincial budget

Local health and social infrastructure needs not met, officials say

University of Calgary and RDC partner for new collaborative degree

Bachelor of Science in Psychology program launches in Red Deer

Bard on Bower will travel to more Red Deer parks

Prime Stock finishing casting for Romeo & Juliet, Henry V and A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Rebels, Hurricanes kick off their WHL playoff series

Game 1 starts the series Friday night in Lethbridge

WATCH: Student for a Day at Red Deer College

A video tour of the fine arts department

Calgary police investigate man posing as Calgary firefighter

Calgary police are looking for information on a suspect who stole a firefighter’s ID

Alberta tells B.C. to stop opposing pipelines if it doesn’t like gas prices

John Horgan said he would like to see the federal government step in to deal with high gas prices.

Uber self-driving crash video calls safety, rules into question

Experts say footage shows that vehicle’s sensors should have spotted pedestrian, initiated braking

Bashaw RCMP arrest man wanted in several crimes

Variety of criminal charges, including vehicle theft, facing-29-year-old man caught in Alix

Valuable rings stolen out of car in Thorsby Mar. 22

Thorsby/Breton RCMP seek to recover special stolen items

Alberta’s budget sets path to balance

The Alberta Government announced the 2018 budget on March 22

McMaster out, Bolton in as Trump’s national security adviser

President Donald is replacing National security adviser H.R. McMaster with John Bolton

Two killed, dozen hurt in French supermarket hostage-taking

French counterterrorism prosecutors are taking charge of the investigation into the shooting of a police officer in southern France

Most Read