An Anti-Inflammatory Diet That Includes Red Wine and Chocolate Can Help You Live Longer

An Anti-Inflammatory Diet That Includes Red Wine and Chocolate Can Help You Live Longer

According to a study, an anti-inflammatory diet that includes beer, red wine, chocolates, and nuts can increase the life span and even reduce the risks of deaths caused by various health conditions.

Maintaining a fit body requires a lot of sacrifices. Cutting down on our favorite foods is the most difficult part for many of us and we often give up in a matter of weeks or months. However, increasing your life span may not be as difficult as getting fitter. According to a study, a diet containing chocolates, beer, and red wine can increase your life span. 

The study which was published in the Journal of Internal Medicine was conducted at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences in Poland. They found that the anti-inflammatory diet can be the key to a longer life span. The research team claimed that eating foods with anti-inflammatory properties such as fruits, vegetables, tea, coffee, nuts, chocolates, beer and red wine in moderation had 18 percent lower risk of death by any cause.

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According to Independent, the lifestyles of about 70,000 men and women were studied over a period of 16 years and a comparison was made between the mortality rates of those who followed the diet and didn't follow the diet. Not only did they prove the diet increase lifespan, but it was also found beneficial for people suffering from various health conditions. People who had an anti-inflammatory diet had a 13 percent lower risk of deaths caused by cancer and a 20 percent lower risk of deaths caused by cardiovascular diseases.

“As inflammation lies at the root of most chronic, lifestyle-related disease, including arthritis, dementia, some cancers and cardiovascular disease, a diet that reduces inflammation can only be a good thing. There are plenty of foods which reduce inflammation - dark chocolate, which is a rich source of magnesium, zinc and other important trace minerals, and red wine, a source of the phytonutrient resveratrol included,” said Fran McElwaine, director for the UK Health Coaches Association.

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However, Harley Street nutritionist Rhiannon Lambert warned that the dietary advice would not be applicable for everyone as people have different lifestyles. "It is important to remember that studies will never be able to accurately represent everyone and their own unique lifestyles and diets,” she said. Rhiannon added that various factors affect an individual and so just focusing on certain foods may not be helpful. 

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"So many factors must be taken into account. Sleep, activity levels, genetics, and your job are just a few factors that can impact our health. Diet is, of course, a large component for good health and longevity but focusing on foods as good or bad isn’t helpful either," said Rhiannon.

On the other hand, the demand for foods with anti-inflammatory properties has increased rapidly over the year. A marketing company discovered that the internet searches for “anti-inflammatory food” has gone up by 274 percent since the beginning of 2018.