A study published as a Research Letter in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that Spaniards randomly assigned to a Mediterranean diet with extra olive oil or nuts instead of to a low-fat control diet were less likely to develop this painful condition.
Peripheral artery disease (or PAD) reduces blood flow to the extremities, especially the legs. Without adequate circulation, walking can be difficult and painful. Other symptoms may include cold feet, numbness, weakness, leg cramping and sores that don’t heal.
Those who got extra olive oil on top of the standard Mediterranean diet were 66% less likely to develop symptoms of PAD during the roughly five years of follow-up.
Enjoying delicious Mediterranean-style meals with friends and family and staying active sound like a great prescription for artery health, with no unpleasant side effects. If you would like guidance on what constitutes a Mediterranean diet, we offer our book, The People’s Pharmacy Quick & Handy Home Remedies, as a resource. In it, we describe the DASH Diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension), the low-carb diet and the Mediterranean diet.