Kidneys play an important role in maintaining our overall health. The organ is in charge of filtering and removing waste from our bodies, as well as maintaining fluid, salt, and mineral levels.
Even a minor disturbance in its operation can result in the presence of unwanted materials in our bodies, which can lead to serious health problems.
A recent study suggests that a Mediterranean diet with plenty of extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) could facilitate the smooth functioning of the kidney even for people who struggle with heart diseases.
The study was published in the Clinical Nutrition journal, the official journal of The European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism.
The study examined a group of more than 1,000 coronary heart disease patients (specifically those who have suffered a coronary event six months ago or more). Researchers assigned half of these participants to stick to a Mediterranean diet rich in extra virgin olive oil, and a half to follow a low-fat diet rich in complex carbohydrates.
“While both diets were linked with improved kidney function, more positive effects were seen in those on the high-EVOO Mediterranean diet,” as per the study.
The Mediterranean diet includes traditional food items consumed in the region bordering the Mediterranean Sea that includes countries like France, Spain, Greece, and Italy.
The diet focuses on the consumption of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and is considered one of the healthiest diets for preventing lifestyle diseases such as heart disease and promoting longevity. “The diet topped the rankings of Best Diets 2022 published by US News and World Report for the fifth consecutive year,” as per the reports.