Study: Eating a Mediterranean diet could slow down aging

Study: Eating a Mediterranean diet could slow down aging
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If you'd like to live longer, stock up on olive oil: Researchers say that eating a Mediterranean diet could lead to a moderately longer life span.

Their study looked at nutritional data from 4,676 women participating in the Harvard Nurses' Health Study, The Boston Globe reports. Women who ate items from the Mediterranean diet had longer telomeres, which protect the end of a cell's chromosomes and shorten over time. Fish, vegetables, and wine — all staples of the Mediterranean diet — are high in antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory effects, which could correlate with the aging of cells.

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