Mediterranean diet is the latest dietary advice inspired by the conventional nutritional prototype of Greece, Southern Italy, and Spain. The main features of this Mediterranean diet are consisted of the proportionally elevated use of the olive oil, legumes, raw cereals, fruits and vegetables, mild to elevated eating of fish, fair utilization of the dairy item (i.e. cheese and yogurt), mild wine drinking and mild eating of meat and its products.
Mediterranean diet is considered as a good source of reducing some of the symptoms associated with female menopause. The suffering women can include the Mediterranean diet during as well as after menopause and as a result, it will decrease the chances of having hot flashes and night sweats in perimenopause or menopausal stages.
The components of this diet identified as beneficial in the study were the vegetables, fruits, legumes, fish, chicken and turkey, unsaturated fats like olive oil, and little use of red and processed meat among others.
As reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and the Australian study show that after nine years of observation, the group of women who entered the Mediterranean diet were subject to 20% less likely to have vasomotor symptoms of menopause such as night sweats and hot flashes, 19% less than those who consumed a larger amount of fruits conversely had an increase of 23% in those who ate a lot of fat and sugar.
Over many years, the Mediterranean diet has gained much fame because of the great benefits of improving mental health by reducing the risk of developing some form of dementia and physical in decreasing the risk of heart attacks in cardiac patients and others according to several articles of the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.