A recently conducted study has revealed that Mediterranean diet helps the heart to function well. According to www.mentalhelp.net, the study exposed facts which clearly suggested that people who consume Mediterranean diet on daily basis have better heart rate variability (HRV) as compared to those who conform to western diet. The study was conducted by a panel of researchers from the Indiana University in Bloomington. HRV or heart rate variability indicates time interval variation between every heart beat during the day. Higher HRV leads to lesser chances of coronary disease or sudden death.
As reported by www.businessweek.com, the researchers studied the data from the Emory Twins Heart Study where in a group of men were told to fill in their choice of food in a questionnaire. They were then rated on the count of how much their food preferences match with the Mediterranean styled diet. This was followed by measure of heart activity through electrocardiogram monitor. The food preferences of the people which matched the Mediterranean diet recorded for better HRV.
“In conclusion, our study demonstrates for the first time a positive association between the Mediterranean dietary pattern and HRV. Our findings suggest that autonomic tone may be one of mechanisms linking theMediterranean diet to a lower rate of cardiovascular events,” said Jun Dai, one of the researchers.