Italian researchers have confirmed that a diet high in greens and olive oil is vital for heart health. Dr. Domenico Palli and his colleagues at the Florence Institute for Research and Prevention of Cancer found that women who eat at least one serving of greens a day 46% less likely to develop cardiovascular disease than women who eat less. Approximately the same results are obtained by consuming at least three tablespoons of olive oil per day. Confirming previous research on the “Mediterranean diet”, Dr. Pally explained on Reuters Health: “It is likely that the mechanism responsible for the protective properties against cardiovascular diseases when eating plant foods is triggered by micronutrients such as folic acid, antioxidant vitamins and potassium present in greens. The study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, collected health data from approximately 30 Italian women over eight years. Researchers correlated incidences of heart disease with food preferences and found that there is a direct relationship between the amount of olive oil and greens consumed and heart health. In addition to heart health benefits, a diet rich in vegetables and olive oil may be shown to prevent and treat type XNUMX diabetes, prostate cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and other forms of dementia. It reduces the risk of breast cancer, maintains a healthy weight, prevents obesity and even increases life expectancy.