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Olive Oil Nutrient Found To HALT Brain Cancer Cells In Their Tracks

Olive Oil Nutrient Found To HALT Brain Cancer Cells In Their Tracks
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The Mediterranean diet has long been regarded one of the healthiest ways of eating, especially with regard to heart problems and cancer. Typically made up of plant-based foods, fish, whole grains, the Mediterranean diet is more famously known for its liberal use of olive oil and tomatoes.

Researchers now believe that one of the principal keys to the diet’s benefit lies in its replacement of less-healthy fats with the healthy fats found in olive oil. Olive oil is naturally rich in Vitamin K, E and omega fatty acids 3 and 6. This combination of nutrients is believed to be the reason why the Mediterranean diet appears so capable of safeguarding heart health and affording longevity to a person. [1]

But the effects of olive oil go well beyond its heart protective properties. In a fascinating series of recent studies, researchers have discovered that olive oil is also a good for your brain. A study undertaken by the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University (LKSOM) of Philadelphia, USA has found that extra-virgin olive oil can help preserve memory function and even fight against Alzheimer’s. [2]

Alzheimer’s disease is a condition characterized by cognitive decline and memory impaired caused by the build-up of amyloid plaques in the brain. These plaques destroy the delicate structure of the brain, causing deleterious effects on a person’s cognitive functions, notably their ability to retain and recall information. In the study, researchers were to discover that olive oil is capable of trigger the brain’s defense mechanism against amyloid plaques. This defense mechanism is called autophagy. With the presence of olive oil in the diet, the occurrence of autophagy increases, which breaks down and clears out “debris” in the brain. With the debris out of the way, brain function is spared and may work optimally.

Another benefit of adding olive oil to your diet is the anti-cancer properties that researchers have noted. Considering the fact that certain types of brain cancer have some of the poorest prognoses around, every single step you can take to prevent them is most welcome. [3] A study from the University of Edinburgh has determined that oleic acid, the primary ingredient in olive oil, is capable of stopping cancer-causing genes from functioning within brain cells. Oleic acid prevents the protein known as MS12 from decreasing the levels of an anticancer molecule called mIR-7. When there is enough mIR-7 in the brain, the likelihood of developing brain tumors is drastically decreased. [4]

Although cancer is a multifactorial disease and there is no one direct way of surely preventing it, incorporating high-quality olive oil in your diet would definitely seem to be a decision that’s a step towards the right direction.

References:

[1] If olive oil is high in fat, why is it considered healthy? http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/expert-answers/food-and-nutrition/faq-20058439

[2] Extra-Virgin Olive Oil Preserves Memory and Protects Brain Against Alzheimer’s Disease, New Research at Temple Shows http://www.templehealth.org/News/Extra-VirginOliveOilPreservesMemoryandProtectsBrainAgainstAlzheimersDiseaseNewResearchatTempleShows

[3] Survival Rates for Selected Adult Brain and Spinal Cord Tumors https://www.cancer.org/cancer/brain-spinal-cord-tumors-adults/detection-diagnosis-staging/survival-rates.html

[4] Oleic Acid Induces MiR-7 Processing through Remodeling of Pri-MiR-7/Protein Complex (2017) http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0022283617301997a

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Top 20 Weird But Amazing Uses For Olive Oil

Top 20 Weird But Amazing Uses For Olive Oil
Top 20 Weird But Amazing Uses For Olive Oil. Graphic © herbshealthhappiness.com. Photo © AdobeStock 42824100 (under license)

Olive oil is one of the most versatile and widely used products in the history of the world. It has been in use for thousands of years – as food, medicinal oil, as a beauty product and more. The ancient Greeks used it as a skin oil and by Roman times it appears that olive oil production / trade was a fully fledged industry.

According to Wikipedia, “Spain produces 43.8% of world production of Olive Oil, its primary export market being Italy, where it is blended and rebranded for re-export as Italian Oil, particularly to the United States.” Quite how Spanish olive oil is allowed to be called Italian is something of a mystery to me – but nothing should come as a surprise in the modern food inustry.

Moving on then – We loved this list of “weird but amazing” uses for olive oil. From getting chewing gum out of hair or carpet through to use as a shaving assistant – we are confident that there are several here that you will not have thought of!

We’re just delirious over the fact that simple, wholesome, natural “good stuff” can do so many things – and that you can so often avoid introducing more nasty petrochemical gunk into your life!

One thing that is worth knowing about olive oil is that the quality (for food / skin use) varies widely depending on numerous factors. It’s worth going for high quality and seeking out olive oil that is extra virgin, first cold pressed and organic. Of course, if you are using the olive oil to oil the door hinges, then you might as well bust out that suspect looking non-organic bottle that you got given as a gift and has been gathering dust ever since…

Here then, without further ado, is the link to the Top 20 Weird But Amazing Uses For Olive Oil

Have fun! Can you think of any more weird but amazing uses for olive oil? Let us know in the comments.