Recent researches have suggested that taking a diet like cave man can actually minimize the risk of heart diseases. It was astonishing to know that in just practicing caveman diet fo 3 weeks on a stone-age diet rich in lean meat, vegetables, berries and nuts was enough to lower the chances of suffering a heart attack or stroke.
Research scholars at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden who performed this unusual research tested the diet on a group of volunteers and amazingly found that lost weight lowered blood pressure and slashed levels of a blood-thickening agent known to cause lethal clots.
The results, published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, hold up earlier findings that the so-called paleolithic diet could protect against diabetes mellitus.
For thousands of years, our ancestors lived only on foods that could be speared or picked from trees and plants. Some scientists disagree that the modern human body is still hereditarily programmed for this type of diet.
After 3 weeks, the volunteers were examined again. Among the fourteen who fruitfully completed the diet, the average weight loss was around 5 pounds. Body mass index – a dimension of someone’s weight compared to their height – dropped by an average of 0.8. A healthy Basic Mass Index is between 18.5 and 25.
Systolic blood pressure, the higher of the two readings during a check, fell by an standard of three mmHg as a result of the diet and levels of plasminogen activator inhibitor-1, a clotting agent in the blood, dropped by 72 %.
Dr Per Wandell, who conducted the study, said: “A short-term involvement with a paleolithic diet had some positive effects on cardiovascular risk factors. “But one negative effect was the decreased intake of calcium (from dairy goods), that could be a danger for osteoporosis later in life.”