At Apeiron Life, we recommend the Mediterranean diet as the foundation for your nutrition program. Here, we explain the science behind it and how it helps support your healthspan.
What is the Mediterranean Diet?
The Mediterranean Diet is rich in whole and unprocessed foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, healthy oils, fish, herbs and spices. It is low in poultry and dairy products. Red meat and processed foods are very limited.
What are the claimed benefits?
Reduced risk of cardiovascular disease including reduced risk of mortality from heart attack and stroke
Reduced risk of cancer: colorectal, prostate, oropharyngeal, breast and others
Reduced incidence of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s Disease
Reduced risk of mortality from all causes
What does the science say?
A resounding yes to all! There are thousands of published research studies on the health benefits of following a Mediterranean Diet for the above reasons and more, including potential impacts on mood disorders and depression, improvements in joint pain, lessened likelihood of cognitive decline, decreased risk of many types of cancers, reduced risk for heart attack and stroke and all around lower likelihood of death at a younger age from any cause. We repeat - Any. Cause.
The Apeiron Life perspective
A panacea - yes please!
Not only does the Mediterranean Diet hold up to scientific scrutiny, it continually makes the top lists of expert panels for being the most balanced, easy to maintain, is family-friendly and palatable, and of course extremely healthful. All of these components are important to consider when adapting your eating habits. If a diet is perfectly healthful but tastes terrible or is too restrictive or complicated to follow, you’re going to quit and it won’t work.
Will it benefit you?
Yes! While there is no one-size-fits-all, incorporating as many elements of the Mediterranean diet and lifestyle into your regular routine is Apeiron Life’s greatest wish for your healthspan. Your Nutrition Scoring as well as your personalized eating plans are based on the Mediterranean philosophies. Continue to work with your Client Advocate to weave these foods into your regular routine - and for heaven's sake make them taste amazing!
References and additional reading
The Mediterranean diet: science and practice - Walter Willet