The Mediterranean diet has been shown to be beneficial for irritable bowel syndrome.

This is according to a new study. Scientists have found that the Mediterranean diet has more health benefits than previously thought. Thus, this diet helped improve mental health and reduced the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. DiscussThe Mediterranean diet has been shown to be beneficial for irritable bowel syndrome© Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain

Scientists have previously concluded that some foods included in the Mediterranean diet may worsen irritable bowel syndrome. These are, for example, legumes, some whole grains, and onions.

In a new study, experts assessed the health of 59 people for six weeks. Participants either followed the Mediterranean diet as recommended by a nutritionist or followed their usual diet.

The Mediterranean diet was beneficial for irritable bowel syndrome© North Star Clinic

The experiment revealed that 83% of participants following the Mediterranean diet experienced a decrease in IBS-SSS (a measure of the severity of bowel symptoms) throughout the study. However, in another group of such people there were 37%.

By the end of the study, the intensity of depressive symptoms was lower in people who adhered to the Mediterranean diet, compared to others.

Also somewhat surprising is that that symptoms related to the gastrointestinal tract were not as severe in the Mediterranean diet group compared to other participants.

The study results were published in the journal Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics.

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