Extra-Virgin Olive Oil Preserves Memory and Protects Brain Against Alzheimer's Disease, New Research at Temple Shows

We know extra-virgin olive oil health benefits. Based on scientific studies, its consumption has been associated with protection against cognitive decline that comes with aging, so these new findings add further value to such knowledge.

Let's see what tells us this new research at Temple.

"The Mediterranean diet, rich in plant-based foods, is associated with a variety of health benefits, including a lower incidence of dementia. Now, researchers at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University (LKSOM) have identified a specific ingredient that protects against cognitive decline: extra-virgin olive oil, a major component of the Mediterranean diet. In a study published online June 21 in the Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology, the researchers show that the consumption of extra-virgin olive oil protects memory and learning ability and reduces the formation of amyloid-beta plaques and neurofibrillary tangles in the brain – classic markers of Alzheimer's disease.

The Temple team also identified the mechanisms underlying the protective effects of extra-virgin olive oil. “We found that olive oil reduces brain inflammation but most importantly activates a process known as autophagy,” explained senior investigator Domenico Praticò, MD, Professor in the Departments of Pharmacology and Microbiology and the Center for Translational Medicine at LKSOM. Autophagy is the process by which cells break down and clear out intracellular debris and toxins, such as amyloid plaques and tau tangles."

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► The study Extra-virgin olive oil ameliorates cognition and neuropathology of the 3xTg mice: role of autophagy, published in Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology >> http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/acn3.431/abstract;jsessionid=9FC97A3EAA9DF1BCF08D682D48722ECD.f04t04

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