Okinawa, an island in southern Japan is known for the longevity of its population and has an extremely low rate of heart disease issues. The elderly are active and happy in the 80s and 90s.
Part of the secret of their longevity and happiness is their varied diet, rich in fruits and vegetables.
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A rich and varied diet, comprising of 18 different foods is the key to a healthy stomach, activeness and longevity among the Okinawans.
The main focus of the diet is a large, diverse assortment of fresh fruits and vegetables, instead of gorging on a single superfood or avoiding something (like butter or bananas) just because everyone says so.
Better Blood Sugar Control. Itwas able to lower Hemoglobin A1C levels by up to 0.47 %, as compared with control diets.
Mental Health a 2018 study found those following a Mediterranean diet were 33% less likely to develop incident depression than those not following a Mediterranean diet.
Weight Management. Research has found that people do not gain weight when following a Mediterranean diet.
Reduces Inflammatory Markers.
Cancer Prevention. A meta-analysis found that those who adhered most closely to the Mediterranean diet had a lower risk of developing colorectal cancer, breast cancer, gastric cancer, liver cancer, head and neck cancer and prostate cancer.