The clinical trial results, published in the prestigious medical journal The Lancet, confirmed that the Mediterranean diet, supplemented with extra virgin olive oil, could help as a secondary prevention strategy.
The results of the scientific study CordioPrev were recently presented at Spain’s Ministry of Agriculture, Fishing, and Food. The researchers in attendance work at the hospital in Córdoba, the Maimonides Biomedical Research Institute of Córdoba, the University of Córdoba, and CIBERObn. The study and its results was published by in the prestigious peer-reviewed medical journal The Lancet. The Lancet is the highest impact medical journal in the world, and was originally founded in 1823, in England.
The study shows that eating the Mediterranean diet, supplemented with extra virgin olive oil, was superior to the low-fat diet in preventing cardiovascular events. In short, the study confirmed that olive oil is an essential element for a healthy diet.
It was carried out as a randomized clinical trial at the Reina Sofia University Hospital in Córdoba, Spain. The patients all had heart disease and were between 20 and 75 years old. Some were assigned a Mediterranean diet while others ate a low-fat diet, and the researchers followed up with participants 7 years later.