Foods of the Mediterranean diet: tomatoes, olives, chili peppers, wheat flour and wheat germ

United States, 18th Nov 2022, King NewsWireMAGISNAT ( met with an important committee from the Fondazione Policlinico Agostino Gemelli IRCCS, Rome, Italy, to discuss the importance of the Mediterranean diet in today’s society.

Importantly, the Mediterranean diet is considered among the healthiest ones in the world.

It is characterized by a daily intake of nuts, vegetables, fruits, olives, olive oil, legumes and whole grains. Rich in antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, minerals, phytosterols, probiotics, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, it has a great value for human health and well-being.

In particular, the professors and researchers who took part to this meeting examined the nutritional and health benefits of wheat germ, tomatoes, olives and chili peppers, all of which are at the base of the food pyramid of the Mediterranean diet: they provide various beneficial natural molecules, such as polyphenols, vitamins and flavonoids, and exert anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and anti-oxidative actions.

As for grains, since ancient times, they have remained the main food for all peoples of the world. In fact, grains are an important content of every diet and provide carbohydrates, dietary fiber, and bioactive molecules with antioxidant, antitumor, and antithrombotic activities. 

Cereals and their derivatives—such as bread and pasta—contribute 55-60% of the total calories of the Mediterranean diet, and are therefore shown at the base of its food pyramid. Unlike refined grains, whole grains retain their bran and sprouts, thus containing several bioactive molecules that promote health and mitigate metabolic disorders. 

On the other hand, tomatoes are low in fat and rich in vitamins A and C, folate, potassium, carotenoids, and polyphenols. In particular, being rich in polyphenols, flavanones, flavones, and carotenoids (such as phytoene, β-carotene, and lycopene), they have beneficial chemoprotective, anti-inflammatory, antigenotoxic, and antiproliferative effects.

More attention should be given to the olive tree and its derivatives, olives and olive oil, which are important food and nutritional sources for the indigenous people of the Mediterranean region. These elements provide us with a very important class of polyphenols, among which hydroxytyrosol stands out because of its important cardioprotective, antihypertensive, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties, which are essential for the body’s well-being.

Finally, also chili peppers were discussed. This vegetables, containing polyphenols and several vitamins (such as C, E, A, and K), have important antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anticancer, antimicrobial, antiseptic, and immune-modulating properties.

From this meeting, many positive aspects emerged that emphasize the importance of following a Mediterranean-style diet. However, it also emerged that today’s society’s hectic lifestyle makes it difficult to adhere to this kind of diet. This is why MAGISNAT decided to focus its efforts on promoting a line of hydroxytyrosol-based supplements, GARLIVE Recovery and GARLIVE Oral Spray, available on Amazon (

Specifically, GARLIVE ORAL SPRAY ( and GARLIVE RECOVERY ( contain more polyphenols than two cups of extra virgin olive oil. In addition, GARLIVE Recovery also contains high dosages of vitamins: among them, for example, B, C, D vitamins (a single tablet contains more vitamins than 14 ounces of fruit). 

A great commitment for MAGISNAT, but an absolutely necessary one in order to bring benefits to the population.

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