A new study by the Warsaw University of Life Sciences in Poland shows that the consumption of anti-inflammatory foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and even beer, wine and chocolate can increase life expectancy. You read that right. Beer, wine and chocolate are really good for you.
Down the hatch
According to the study, two to 14 servings of beer per week and two to seven glasses of red wine may be beneficial to your health. The researchers studied 68,273 men and women in Sweden over a 16-year period. The participants were all between the ages of 45 and 83, when the study began. During the study 16,088 participants died. 5,980 participants died from cardiovascular disease and 5,252 from cancer.
Participants whose diets were packed with anti-inflammatory foods were 18% less likely to die from any cause compared to those who consumed less of those foods. Their risk of dying from cardiovascular disease was 20%, and cancer was 13%.
The benefits of an anti-inflammatory diet
The key component of the results was the benefits of an anti-inflammatory diet. When harmful chemicals are constantly introduced into the human body, inflammation is the first line of defense of the immune system. Chronic inflammation is known to cause cancer, Alzheimer's, depression and heart disease. Especially smokers seemed to benefit from an anti-inflammatory diet.
The study has highlighted foods with many anti-inflammatory properties such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, oily fish, low-fat cheese, olive oil, nuts, coffee, tea, chocolate, beer and wine.
What to avoid
Although enjoy treats like beer, wine and chocolate In moderation is allowed, processed and unprocessed meat, chips and soft drinks were categorized as flammable foods, which should be avoided. Each participant's diet was rated 0-16, depending on the foods they ingested, 16 being on a diet with anti-inflammatory foods. Professor Joanna Kaluza from the University of Warsaw, who led the study, said, "Our dose-response analysis showed that even partial compliance with the anti-inflammatory diet is possible health benefit. "
Looks like there is finally a diet that chocolate lovers can get over.