Food containing anti-oxidants, wholegrains and vital fatty acids are likely to cut the risk of killer illnesses including heart disease, Alzheimer`s and diabetes, a new study has suggested.
Inger Bjorck of the Antidiabetic Food Centre, who carried out the research, said, "Our purpose was to find out which preventive effect can be obtained on established risk markers by combining food concepts with an expected positive impact on inflammation. "We hope that these results on healthy subjects will inspire more intense preventive efforts in society." The study saw 44 healthy but overweight people between the ages of 50 and 75 take part. They ate foods, which are presumed to reduce low-grade inflammation in the body, a condition that in turn triggers metabolic syndrome that leads to obesity, Type 2 diabetes and heart disease. The results showed that the diet slashed bad cholesterol by 33 per cent, lipids - blood fats - by 14 per cent, blood pressure by 8 per cent and a risk marker for blood clots by 26 per cent. A marker of inflammation in the body was also greatly reduced, while memory and cognitive function were improved. ANI
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