A Middle Eastern Diet Offers Health Benefits

Besides being close in location, the Middle East and Mediterranean also share similar cuisines which are known to be some of the healthiest in the world. According to livestrong.com, the Middle Eastern diet falls under the category of a Mediterranean diet, which incorporates the foods and cuisines of the countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea. The Mediterranean diet has garnered praise for its role in keeping the body healthy and staving off chronic disease, especially cardiovascular problems.

The key elements of a Middle Eastern/Mediterranean diet are: spices, fruits and vegetables, grains, olive oil and proteins. Following a Middle Eastern diet can also benefit the health of your brain, cognition and overall mortality.

An analysis published in the British Medical Journal in 2008 explored the overall health benefits of a Middle Eastern/Mediterranean diet. This review analyzed 12 studies that tested the effects of a Mediterranean diet on mortality, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and heart disease of a total 1.5 million people.

According to this review, a Middle Eastern/Mediterranean diet-style diet can reduce overall mortality and mortality from cancer or heart disease, as well as your risk of developing Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s.

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Dr. Tom Roselle
Dr. Tom Roselle, DC, PAK, PAc, DCCN, DCBCN is an integrative health & wellness expert, author, talk show host, practicing health care professional, facility director, philanthropist and Chairman of the International College of Applied Kinesiology. He is well known for his mid-Atlantic health radio talk show, "Dr. Tom Roselle Live!," his acclaimed self-health book, "Ageless Health: Health Is A Do-It-To-Yourself Program" and his twice Emmy® award nominated television broadcast, "Ageless Health - The Special."