By eating a paleo diet, you can lower your risk of heart disease and stroke and keep your arteries healthy, according to a new study from the University of California at Davis.
The study found that a moderate-to-vigorous diet with plenty of protein, vegetables and whole grains — and no saturated fat — can lower the risk of the heart disease, stroke and cancer by as much as 25 percent.
“Our results demonstrate that eating paleolithic foods may be a good way to reduce your risk for cardiovascular disease and other chronic diseases,” said lead researcher Dr. Janna Peltzer, who is also a research associate at UC Davis’ School of Medicine.
“These foods are low in saturated fat, high in protein and rich in vitamins and minerals.
You get a whole host of benefits including reducing the risk for heart disease.”
The study was published in the journal Nutrition Reviews.
Researchers found that people who followed a paleolithic diet had a 50 percent lower risk of all-cause mortality compared to those who followed an omnivorous diet.
The researchers also found that the paleo-eating group had significantly lower blood pressure, LDL cholesterol, triglycerides and blood sugar levels than those who did not eat paleo.
“We don’t know exactly how it works, but there are many possible factors that might explain this,” said Peltzler.
“It’s an intriguing finding and one that may provide insight into what foods are the best sources of protein for heart health,” she added.
Peltzer is a research assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition and Metabolism at UC Irvine.
She is the author of the book “Paleo for Heart: Paleo Diet Foods for a Healthy Heart.”
In this study, researchers followed up about 20,000 people over the course of 20 years to see how the diet affected the risk factors for all-causes mortality.
The participants were drawn from a community-based cohort in the United States, with a median age of 54 years.
The participants were followed up from 1992 to 2012.
The overall study was conducted by a team of researchers at the University at Albany in New York State.
Peltzers research group includes researchers from the UC Davis College of Medicine and the University’s Center for Metabolic Research.
The findings were based on data from the Framingham Heart Study, a large-scale, multiethnic cohort of the U.S. population that has been conducting a long-term study of blood pressure and cholesterol levels since 1952.