We spend many hours and lots of money choosing products to apply on our faces. But would our time be better spent considering adopting a clear skin diet? Over the past ten years, dermatologists have learned a great deal about the affect our diet has on our skin and with all sorts of supplements, complexion drinks and bespoke eating plans in the marketplace promising radiant skin, it’s a challenge to know what will work. SELF Magazine trawled through the research and spoke to experts to ascertain which foods would, and which would not, truly benefit skin.

The Mediterranean Diet – How does it work?

The Mediterranean Diet is a regional mode of eating that has evolved over hundreds of years. There’s no formal cookbook, it’s a balanced approach to diet and not restrictive. Out of the five areas in the world where people live longer and suffer less disease, two are located in Mediterranean cities (Sardinia in Italy and Ikaria in Greece). These are renowned for having extremely low rates of cancer and heart disease compared with the rest of the world.

The Mediterranean Diet – The Health Benefits

The Mediterranean Diet is best known for its affect on the heart. It has been proven to reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering harmful cholesterol and reducing mortality from cardiovascular issues. It has also been credited with reducing the possibility of certain cancers, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease.

Evidence is now emerging that the Mediterranean Diet may protect those with or at risk of Type 2 diabetes. Blood sugar control for those already diagnosed with the condition is improved through following the Mediterranean Diet, enabling better management of the disease. In addition, those with Type 2 diabetes, already at risk of cardiovascular disease, can improve the health of their heart, according to an article published in Nutrients in 2014.

Typically, those on a Mediterranean Diet will eat around nine servings of fruit and vegetables each day. This produce delivers an array of antioxidants to fight disease and works to lower the risk of disease. The jury is still out on whether it’s the antioxidants or the other compounds or a general healthy eating pattern that is responsible for these effects but, overwhelming evidence demonstrates that the Mediterranean Diet has nothing but a positive influence on health.

Benefits of following a Mediterranean Diet

Based on research, following this regime can protect against

Heart disease
Liver disease
Metabolic complications
Type-2 Diabetes
Hearing loss
Dependence on multiple medications


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