Elixir of Youth: Olive Oil Could Help Fight Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer's

It is found that the said oil could protect memory and fight against Alzheimer's disease.

Research published in the Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology showed that the ingredient reduces the formation of amyloid-beta plaques and neurofibrillary tangles in the brain - which are established markers of cognitive degeneration.

The researchers at Temple did mouse studies, comparing a group of mice that was fed a diet that contained extra virgin olive oil and a group that was not.

Alzheimer's is believed to be the most common form of dementia in the United States, affecting thought, memory, and language of those suffering from the disease.

Previous studies have suggested the use of extra-virgin olive oil is largely responsible for the many health benefits linked to the Mediterranean diet. It also activates the autophagy process, which rids the brain of toxins and intracellular debris, as well as reduces inflammation of the brain. Due to the activation of autophagy was preserved memory and synaptic integrity, and pathologic effects in animals otherwise destined for the development of Alzheimer's disease, was significantly reduced.

The thing is, eating olive oil once or twice does nothing - you need to introduce it firmly into your diet to reap the benefits, but that's definitely worth it. Studies of brain tissue from both groups revealed dramatic differences in nerve cell appearance and function.

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Autophagy is the process by which cells break down and clear out unwanted debris left in the body. A reduction in autophagy, researchers claim, is suspected to be the beginning of Alzheimer's disease. Also, researchers want to know whether adding olive oil at a later time point in the diet can stop or reverse the disease. After this six months, and again after nine and twelve months, their memory was tested by researchers who were not aware of the special diet the mice had followed.

"While there is now no certain way to prevent dementia, evidence suggests the risk can be lowered with a healthy lifestyle including a balanced diet, regular exercise, not smoking, and keeping weight and blood pressure in check". Additionally, the olive oil didn't lead to any appearance changes, such as weight gain.

These were created to evaluate their memory, spatial awareness and learning abilities.

"The thinking is that extra-virgin olive oil is better than fruits and vegetables alone, and as a monounsaturated vegetable fat, it is healthier than saturated animal fats", senior investigator Domenico Praticò said in a statement.

Firstly, the integrity of the synapses - which are the parts of the brain cell that facilitate communication among neurons - was preserved much better in the olive oil group.

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