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article imageStudy: Extra virgin olive oil can protect against Alzheimer's

By Katerina Nikolas     Mar 27, 2013 in Health
Louisiana - The amazing health properties of extra virgin olive oil keep unfolding. The latest scientific findings show consumption of the beneficial elixir may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
An exciting new study published by ACS Chemical Neuroscience, entitled disease “Olive-Oil-Derived Oleocanthal Enhances β-Amyloid Clearance as a Potential Neuroprotective Mechanism against Alzheimer’s Disease: In Vitro and in Vivo Studies" shows extra virgin olive oil can reduce the risk of Alzheimer's.
The study was conducted at the University of Louisiana at Monroe (lead researcher Amal Kaddoumi). Scientists noted that the prevalence of Alzheimer's disease is lower in the Mediterranean countries, a fact attributed to the high concentration of monounsaturated fats in extra virgin olive oil. Further research revealed the active protective ingredient to be the naturally occurring phenolic compound oleocanthal.
Physics Organization explains an "accumulation of beta-amyloid (Aβ) in the brain is believed to be the culprit in AD." The study revealed "oleocanthal showed a consistent pattern in which it boosted production of two proteins and key enzymes believed to be critical in removing Aβ from the brain."
Earlier this month Digital Journal reported that extra virgin olive oil produced in the Greek area of Messini contains the largest amount of oleocanthal which is a natural anti-inflammatory.
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