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Olive oil May Help Protect From Ulcerative Colitis

Olive oil May Help Protect From Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative colitis, a fairly common long-term (chronic) disorder, is a disease that causes inflammation of the large intestine (colon). It is a type of inflammatory bowel disease that is similar to Crohn’s disease, a related disorder. Scientists at the University of East Anglia in England say that […]

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Olive oil and the liver

Olive oil and the liver

Investigators at the University of Monastir, Tunisia, and King Saud University, Saudi Arabia, carried out a study demonstrating that extra virgin olive oil may protect the liver from oxidative stress. Oxidative stress refers to cell damage associated with the chemical reaction between free radicals and other molecules […]

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Extra virgin olive oil & acute pancreatitis

Extra virgin olive oil & acute pancreatitis

Extra virgin olive oil and acute pancreatitis: Extra virgin olive oil is rich in oleic acid and hydroxytyrosol, which affect the development of acute pancreatitis (sudden inflammation of the pancreas). Researchers at the University of Granada in Spain carried out an in vitro experiment which found that […]

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Extra Virgin Olive Oil And Alzheimer’s Disease

Extra Virgin Olive Oil And Alzheimer’s Disease

Oleocanthal is a type of natural phenolic compound found in extra-virgin olive oil. In laboratory experiments with mice, researchers discovered that oleocanthal helps shuttle the abnormal Alzheimer’s disease proteins out of the brain. As background information, the researchers explained that Alzheimer’s disease rates are lower in Mediterranean […]

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Olive Oil Helps Maintain Healthy Cholesterol Levels

Olive Oil Helps Maintain Healthy Cholesterol Levels

A Japanese study published in the Medical Science Monitor showed that LDL-cholesterol mean concentrations were lowered in 28 outpatients who were given olive oil supplements once a day for six weeks. LDL (low density lipoprotein) is often referred to as “bad cholesterol”. The “good cholesterol” is called HDL […]

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Olive oil may reduce breast cancer risk

Olive oil may reduce breast cancer risk

A team of scientists at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona in Spain found a key mechanism by which virgin olive oil protects the body against breast cancer, in contrast to other vegetable oils. The researchers decoded a complete cascade of signals within the cells of breast tumors […]

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Depression risk and olive oil

Depression risk and olive oil

People whose diets are high in trans fats – fast foods and mass-produced foods like pastries – may have a higher risk of depression, compared with those whose diets are rich in mono- and polyunsaturated fats. According to a study carried out at the University of Las Palmas […]

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Frying with olive oil and heart disease risk

Frying with olive oil and heart disease risk

People who regularly eat foods fried in olive oil do not have a higher risk of heart disease or premature death, researchers at the Autonomous University of Madrid in Spain reported in the BMJ (British Medical Journal). In this study, Professor Pilar Guallar-Castillón and colleagues surveyed 40,757 […]

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Olive oil and the cardiovascular system

Olive oil and the cardiovascular system

Olive oil and the cardiovascular system: Olive oil is the main source of dietary fat in the Mediterranean diet, which is associated with a low death rate from cardiovascular diseases compared to other parts of the world. Maria-Isabel Covas, at the Parc de Recerca Biomèdica de Barcelona, […]

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The Mediterranean Diet and Metabolic Syndrome

The Mediterranean Diet and Metabolic Syndrome

The Mediterranean Diet and Metabolic Syndrome The health benefits of the Mediterranean diet have been cited in numerous studies, and now with a new large study confirming that it protects from metabolic syndrome we have yet another reason to adopt this style of eating. But why is […]

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