Extra-Virgin Olive Oil is key Ingredient for Alzheimer's Disease Protection

By Jacques Strauss, | June 26, 2017

Prolonged sleep or more than 9 hours of sleep can be an early marker of neurodegeneration. (YouTube)

Prolonged sleep or more than 9 hours of sleep can be an early marker of neurodegeneration. (YouTube)

The role of extra-virgin olive oil in health enhancement and protection has once again been reaffirmed by a new study. Experts at Temple University just identified the benefits of such substance in protecting the memory and learning ability, including Alzheimer's disease protection.

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Researchers at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University (LKSOM) have identified extra-virgin olive oil as a specific ingredient responsible in protecting the human body from cognitive decline. The said ingredient is found mainly in the Mediterranean diet, which is associated with a variety of health benefits.

The said study was headed by Domenico Praticò, MD, Professor in the Departments of Pharmacology and Microbiology and the Center for Translational Medicine at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. By using mice as their subject, they managed to observe how the brain cells of the mice react to diets enriched with extra-virgin olive oil.

"This is an exciting finding for us. Thanks to the autophagy activation, memory, and synaptic integrity were preserved, and the pathological effects in animals otherwise destined to develop Alzheimer's disease were significantly reduced. This is a very important discovery since we suspect that a reduction in autophagy marks the beginning of Alzheimer's disease," Science Daily quoted Dr. Praticò as saying.

The research conducted revealed that dramatic differences in nerve cell appearance and function. Therefore, making olive oil as a promising ingredient not simply for diet, but most especially with medications affecting cognitive decline.

Alzheimer's disease is just but one of the facets of dementia. Knowing its early symptoms will surely make a difference while experts try to unravel conclusive solution about the problem.

Common signs and symptoms would normally include but not limited to subtle short-term memory changes, trouble with memory, difficulty finding the right words, changes in mood, and even apathy. When you notice some of the said signs, it would be good to consult a doctor immediately.

Watch here below other symptoms of dementia: 


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