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Mediterranean Diet special issue

MAGISNAT MEETING – July 18th, 2022

The meeting of the third week of July dealt with a very interesting and topical subject.

Specifically, an interview was conducted with the CEO of MAGISNAT, Dr. Matteo Bertelli, in which he was asked questions about the role of the Mediterranean diet in the prevention of COVID and some chronic diseases.

In recent years, it has been realized that adopting a healthy lifestyle—that is, having a proper diet and engaging in moderate physical activity—can help keeping the body healthy. Research has also shown that the risk of chronic disease can be increased by diets that (unlike the Mediterranean one) are high in refined starches, sugars, and low-quality fats, and low in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and Omega 3 fatty acids.

That said, as Dr. Matteo Bertelli clearly points out, by themselves diets, even the Mediterranean diet, cannot have any therapeutic or preventive effect. Even dietary supplements containing high concentrations of beneficial molecules naturally found in the vegetables of the Mediterranean diet cannot claim any effect in the prevention, diagnosis, or treatment of any disease.

However, it is important to emphasize that eating properly (like following the Mediterranean diet) and having an active lifestyle are two very important points for the well-being of individuals, and it is essential to further study these issues in order to improve people’s quality of life.

 

 

 

 

In the portal “Connecting the world to combat coronavirus”,  in the session “Healthy Diet”, the Word Health Organization (WHO) says referring to “eating a healthy diet is very important during the COVID-19 pandemic“: 

“While no foods or dietary supplements can prevent or cure COVID-19 infection, healthy diets are important for supporting immune systems. Good nutrition can also reduce the likelihood of developing other health problems, including obesity, heart disease, diabetes and some types of cancer.” 

IN NUTRITION, FOLLOW THE SCIENCE

The main focus of this meeting was to verify how many scientific papers hypothesize the important that the Mediterranean diet being rich in olive tree polyphenols and vitamins can help COVID prevention and some chronic diseases.

  • SCIENTIFIC ARTICLES PUBLISHED IN PUBMED*:
  1. “Mediterranean Diet a Potential Strategy against SARS-CoV-2 Infection: A Narrative Review“;

  2. “Mediterranean Diet and SARS-COV-2 Infection: Is There Any Association? A Proof-of-Concept Study

  3. “Negative Association Between Mediterranean Diet Adherence and COVID-19 Cases and Related Deaths in Spain and 23 OECD Countries: An Ecological Study“;

  4. “Mediterranean diet and the risk of COVID-19 in the ‘Seguimiento Universidad de Navarra’ cohort“;

  5. “Plant-based diets, pescatarian diets and COVID-19 severity: a population-based case-control study in six countries

*“None of the reported studies or the patent can be used to claim the properties of dietary supplements. Dietary supplements do not possess any therapeutic or preventive properties.”

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