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Mediterranean Diet Study Results Stun World
Philadelphia, PA, February 26, 2013

New and powerful research just published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine has shown that following the Mediterranean diet cuts rates of heart attack, strokes and death from heart disease by about 30%. Renowned cardiovascular disease prevention expert and author, Dr. Janet Brill, wrote the book on how to follow a Mediterranean diet.

Prevent a Second Heart Attack, Dr. Brill's book provides a step-by-step guide to following the Mediterranean diet – a simple, easy-to-follow lifestyle plan designed to help people live the optimal heart health diet – now scientifically proven to prevent, treat and even reverse heart disease. The new study has shown that following the Mediterranean diet cuts rates of heart attack, strokes and death from heart disease by about 30%. The diet can also reduce the risk of a second heart attack by up to 70 percent.

Dr. Brill's book helps people follow the diet. Inspired by the heart-healthy, time-proven Mediterranean diet, Brill’s plan is simple: incorporate eight key food groups – like olive oil, oatmeal, leafy greens, and even red wine and dark chocolate – into your daily diet, and get moderate exercise each day. Sample recipes featured in the book include:

•  Oatmeal, Walnut, and Flaxseed Pancakes
•  Whole-Grain Pizza with Arugula, Eggplant, and Caramelized Onion
•  Shallow-Poached Salmon with Fennel and Saffron
•  Shrimp with Artichoke-Garlic Sauce
•  Flourless Dark Chocolate Brownies with Walnuts

Backed by cutting-edge research, Dr. Brill explains why each food is so important to cardiovascular wellness, and gives creative tips on how to get a daily dose of each one. Packed with every tool someone needs – including daily checklists, nutrition information, a complete two-week eating plan, and dozens of mouth-watering recipes to suit every meal, taste, and budget – the delicious and foolproof program ensures that those interested in preventing a heart attack as well as heart disease survivors and their loved ones will be satisfied, rather than deprived, as they eat their way to better heart health.

Janet Bond Brill, PhD, RDN, FAND, LDN Nutrition, Health and Fitness Expert | janet@drjanet.com
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Scientists have proven beyond any shadow of a doubt that consuming a plant-based diet of whole foods-naturally rich in antioxidant vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytochemicals-can provide substantial health benefits such as prevention of chronic disease like diabetes, cancer and heart disease. In contrast, consuming man-made supplements of concentrated antioxidants extracted from plants, has not shown to benefit health. In fact, some studies have demonstrated that consuming certain antioxidant supplements increases risk of disease! A 2007 review article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (G. Gjelakovic et al.) revealed that subjects taking beta-carotene, vitamin E or vitamin A supplements, either alone or in combination, actually raised their risk of dying prematurely. So what's the take-away message regarding whether your antioxidant supplements are doing anything for you? Swallowing pills will not buy you good health or a long life. An active lifestyle combined with eating a Mediterranean-style plant-based diet, filled with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, olive oil, nuts and a small amount of fish, is the secret to better health. This is the ultimate wellness prescription that simply cannot compare to anything that can be purchased in a bottle.
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