Mediterranean diet helps your heart pump better

Your heart’s basically a hollow muscle that pumps blood – about five quarts a minute at rest, more if you’re exercising. The main pumping chamber is the left ventricle.

A recent study confirms what we’ve known for years: the Mediterranean diet helps prevent heart trouble.

From AJCN:

“A higher Mediterranean diet score is cross-sectionally associated with a higher LV [left ventricular] mass, which is balanced by a higher LV volume as well as a higher ejection fraction and stroke volume. Participants in this healthy, multiethnic sample whose dietary patterns most closely conformed to a Mediterranean-type pattern had a modestly better LV structure and function than did participants with less–Mediterranean-like dietary patterns.”

Source: Mediterranean diet score and left ventricular structure and function: the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis

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