Oleocanthal, Compound In Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Could Protect Against Alzheimer’s Disease

I love this study showing that the phenols in EVOO may be protective against Alzheimers. And NO, this study is not definitive proof, and YES there is more research work to be done. That said, this report is pretty good, and supports other research saying the same thing.

Nice summary here: “Olive oil phenols and neuroprotection.” www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23406576

In the recent research showing that adherence to a Mediterranean Diet lowered your risk of stroke and death by ~30% (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23432189), participants were to consume 4 extra tablespoons of EVOO every day (or an ounce of nuts, such as walnuts and hazelnuts). Every day!

Again, there is a very strong association between EVOO consumption and optimal health. And I am well aware that these data are all correlations, and not shown to be causal yet. But it does seem that there are so very many accumulating data points showing a relationship between extra virgin olive oil and good health … just do a quick pubmed search and prepare to be inundated.

I believe we should do what healthy people do — those who commonly consume EVOO, for example — and not wring our hands in worry over it, just because it doesn’t fit someone’s theoretical models about fat consumption.

The bottom line is this: find success. Do that. Because if you do what healthy people do, you will get their results. Even if those healthy people are taking EVOO every day.
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