Scientists from Flinders University conducted a study that assessed the effects of a Mediterranean diet combined with dairy consumption on the composition of the gut microbiome.
The results of this study, published in the journal Nutrients, indicate positive changes in the intestinal microflora with this diet.
Experts analyzed the composition of the intestinal microbiome of adults who are at increased risk of developing cardiovascular diseases. Study participants followed a Mediterranean diet for eight weeks. The results showed a noticeable increase in the number of beneficial microorganisms in the intestines, which had a beneficial effect on the health of this organ. In addition, study participants experienced reduced levels of harmful bacteria associated with heart disease and stroke.
These results confirm previous studies, showing the Mediterranean diet is associated with increased metabolism and beneficial health effects. The Mediterranean diet is rich in important nutrients such as fiber, healthy fats, vitamins and amino acids.
Earlier, in May 2023, researchers from Stanford Medical School concluded that consuming monounsaturated fatty acids, which are abundant in the Mediterranean diet, may help increase life expectancy.