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Mediterranean Diet Reduces Breast Cancer Risk By 68%: Study


In a new study it is found breast cancer risk can be lowered if Mediterranean diet with four table spoon of extra-virgin olive oil is taken.

Researchers from University of Navarra in Spain found women who followed the Mediterranean diet had the risk lowered by 68 percent compared to those who had low-fat diet during a five-year follow-up.

Mediterranean diet emphasizes nuts, fish, fruits, vegetables, legumes and olive oil. In fact lots of olive oil is used in it.

Earlier too similar evidences came to notice in couple of other studies. One study, conducted in 2013 and published in the New England Journal of Medicine, found the Mediterranean diet is protective against heart disease.

In one another study conducted earlier this year the researchers found the diet to help fend off memory loss.

In the new study, the lead author Miguel Martinez Gonzalez, said they have found strong reduction in the breast cancer risk. Details of it are published in JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association.

Gonzalez is a researcher at the university on preventative health effects of the Mediterranean diet.

However, from the latest study it is not yet known which compound or compounds in the Mediterranean diet is or are responsible for reduction in the risk of breast cancer among women.

Researchers said further studies are required to find out the benefits with more detail.