According to a new study, extra-virgin olive oil can prevent Alzheimer’s disease, memory loss problems, and other conditions associated with the neurodegenerative disease.
A group of researchers at Temple University’s Lewis Katz School of Medicine found that rodents which were given extra-virgin olive oil had better learning abilities than mice that didn’t consume the oil.
Study authors say that the plant oil can improve the brains of mice as the neural links seem to be in better shape after consuming a diet enriched with olive oil.
The study also confirmed the findings of other studies that extra-virgin olive oil lowers inflammation in the brain and accelerates the process that gets rid the cells of toxins and debris. Brain cells that accumulate too much debris or toxicity often create the conditions for Alzheimer’s to set in.
Olive oil is used in the Mediterranean diet, which is considered one of the most healthiest diets on the planet for its numerous health benefits.
The study was published this week in Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology.
Olive Oil Healthier than Fruit and Vegetables
Lead author of the study Domenico Pratico, noted that olive oil can lead to better health outcomes than fruit and vegetables. And because it is rich in monounsaturated fats, it is a lot healthier than animal fats, which are saturated.
Researchers used two groups of mice in their experiment. After a year, the mice in the control group were not leaner or fatter than the mice that consumed olive oil. However, the animals consuming extra-virgin olive oil scored better on learning abilities, spatial orientation, and working memory.
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia and it primarily impacts the patients’ memory, thinking abilities, and language. The condition usually sets in after age 60 and has no cure.
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