The participants of the experiment, which generally followed the Mediterranean diet, but moderately consumed red meat were less subject to destruction of nerve fibers.
Australian scientists decided to find out whether the Mediterranean type of food to reduce the risk of developing multiple sclerosis, namely the destruction of the myelin layer of nerve fibers. The researchers asked the participants for three years to monitor their diet and other external factors. There were more than 250 people with multiple sclerosis and more than 550 healthy volunteers. Based on the responses the researchers concluded about how each of the participants adhered to the Mediterranean diet and what foods to include in addition.
It turned out that the Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of multiple sclerosis. But those who were added to the diet, a moderate amount of fresh red meat, the risk of destruction of nerve fibers was the lowest. We are talking about a solid piece of meat, not exposed to industrial processing.
As it is the combination of a healthy diet and moderate the consumption of red meat helps to protect nerve fibers, scientists do not yet know. They believe that this is due to content in the meat of many useful substances, like a nervous system.
The Mediterranean diet involves the consumption of large amounts of plant foods, grains, fish and seafood, present in small quantities of eggs, meat and sweets. According to experts, a day is recommended to consume about 65 grams of beef, lamb or pork – that is the portion called in previous studies as safe for health.