A Mediterranean-style diet has benefits for cognitive functioning later in life.(Antonina Vlasova/Shutterstock)

Almost all foods on this diet can kill cancer cells

Italian scholar Claudio Magris wrote: “Culture and history sink directly into things, into stones, in the wrinkles on human faces, in the taste of wine and oil, in the color of the waves.”

Tens of thousands of people in the researcher’s place have benefited from a centuries-old traditional diet. By following this diet, people increase longevity, improve their quality of life and even reduce the risk of cancer. The diet is called the Mediterranean diet.

The Mediterranean diet has been inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) (UNESCO) in 2013. It is a three-dimensional system that includes a set of skills, knowledge, rituals, and traditions related to crops, harvesting, fishing, animal husbandry, preservation, processing, cooking and diet itself.

Another unique feature of this time-honored diet is that most of the ingredients used have anti-cancer properties.

Why is the Mediterranean diet able to fight cancer?

The main factor is that cancer cells require blood vessels to supply them with nutrients, and that the Mediterranean diet blocks nutrient supply pathways.

Cancer cells secrete or make the surrounding tissues capable of producing Vascular factors that make up the vascular system that supports these cancer cells. In addition, cancer cells must enter the circulation through these new blood vessels spreading like cancer and spread.

Scientists have come up with a consensusThe main factor in the fight against cancer is the inhibition of angiogenesis. They also have advanced Different types of antiangiogenic agents for the treatment of cancer.

The components of many nutrients in the Mediterranean diet are Natural antiangiogenic factors. It can play the role of inhibiting angiogenesis in the human body and preventing the disruption of blood vessel growth to effectively prevent and control cancer. Adherence to the Mediterranean diet is indeed associated with a lower incidence of cancer.

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The Mediterranean diet is characterized by the use of virgin olive oil as the main fat. It contains a certain amount of vegetables, fruits, legumes, grains, nuts and a relatively large portion of fish. The diet contains a small amount of red meat, a moderate or low amount of dairy products, and a low amount of red wine.

virgin olive oil It is obtained by mechanical means that do not lead to any changes in the composition of the oil. Olive oil contains saponifiable and non-saponifiable components. The saponifiable component consists primarily of triglycerides, which account for 98 to 99 percent of olive oil. The non-saponifiable component mainly includes vitamin E, phytosterols, polyphenols, and triterpenoids, accounting for 1 to 2 percent of olive oil.

Including quantity phenolic compounds It is the largest in extra virgin olive oil, and has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer properties. It is worth noting that these substances are almost absent in refined olive oil because they are lost during the refining process.

oleuropeinIt is a natural compound found in olive oil, which has the ability to modulate several cancer signaling pathways and is used in the prevention and treatment of cancer. Very disguised animal studies showed that oral administration of oleuropein induces complete tumor regression within 9 to 12 days.

Oleuropein can be further transformer to hydroxy aerosol with antiangiogenic properties. Hydroxytyrosol is one of the most abundant phenols found in olive oil.

Olives, olive tree leaves and extra-virgin olive oil all contain a nutrient that has anticancer and antiangiogenic properties – triterpene acid. There are many anticancer substances with antiangiogenic properties present in olive oil, such as flavonoids, carotenoids, vitamin E, diterpenoids, and plant sterols.

  • Vegetables, fruits and red wine

Polyphenols rich in anti-cancer activity are found in vegetables, fruits and red wine. Some of the anticancer effects are mediated by their antiangiogenic mechanisms.

resveratrolIt is a non-flavonoid polyphenol found in the skin of red grapes, peanuts, and berries. Interestingly, the antiangiogenic effects of resveratrol have been shown to be twofold: high-dose resveratrol stimulates angiogenesis, while low-dose resveratrol is anti-angiogenic.

Another compound, derived from resveratrol, found in grapes and red wine is piceatannol. Piceatannol It has been shown to exert cardiovascular protection, atherosclerosis prevention, anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, and anti-diabetic properties. It also modulates factors that promote the growth of blood and lymph vessels in the mammary glands, thus reducing the risk of cancer.

Festin Existing in Red wine, various fruits (such as strawberries, apples, mangoes, persimmons, kiwis, tomatoes, and grapes), vegetables (such as onions and cucumbers), and nuts.

The antiangiogenic efficacy of Vestin can inhibit the proliferation and metastasis of glioma cells and angiogenesis in melanoma, and can reduce the density of microvessels in lung cancer.

The Mediterranean diet is also characterized by the consumption of cold-water fish rich in fat, including sardines, tuna, mackerel, and anchovies.

Cold-water fish are fish that live at lower temperatures, and are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Long-chain omega-3 fatty acids (PUFAs) cannot be synthesized in the human body and must be consumed through the diet.

Omega-3 PUFAs have Multiple health benefitsincluding anti-angiogenesis and cancer suppression. They inhibit the induction of angiopoietin-2 (Ang2) and the main processes causing angiogenesis while the omega-6 PUFAs work against this.

Studies have found that omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, including docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) commonly found in fish, can prevent Ang2 induction by about 50 percent.

A staple gastronomic component of the Mediterranean diet is TomatoesIt is rich in vitamin C, potassium, folic acid, carotenoids, and lycopene. These components have been shown to have cardiovascular and anti-carcinogenic properties.

Tomatoes LycopeneIn particular , prevent And the Hinder Multiple cancers, such as lung, liver and prostate cancer, by antiangiogenic. British researchers surveyed the diet of nearly 50,000 people and found that among the male participants, the group with the highest amount of lycopene was 28 percent less likely to develop prostate cancer than the group with the lowest intake.

coffee Included in the traditional Mediterranean diet is Greek coffee, boiled and unfilteredshe is rich alcoholPolyphenols and other antioxidants. Animal experiments have shown that kohel displays antiangiogenic, anticancer, and anti-inflammatory properties.

Certain herbs and spices are used in the preparation of the Mediterranean diet.

between them, dry spices It contains a high percentage of polyphenols. Ethanol extract of oregano can reduce the expression of epidermal growth factors in breast cancer tumor cells, preventing the formation of angiogenesis in these cells.

Another herb commonly used in the Mediterranean diet is rosemary. It contains carnozole and carnosic acid, which can Hinder Vascular endothelial cell growth and stimulation of apoptosis, helping to prevent cancer.

Moreover, the Mediterranean diet emphasizes hospitality, good neighborliness, intercultural dialogue, creativity, as well as a lifestyle guided by respect for diversity. Such a positive attitude towards life enhances people’s mental health, which is vital for maintaining physical health.

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