Extra Virgin Olive Oil in Diet Reduces The Risk of DementiaSiva Ranjani (Author) Published Date : Dec 01, 2019 02:12 ET
Extra Virgin Olive Oil improves Brain health and also reduces the risk of Dementia: Extra Virgin Olive Oil already has proven the ability to control Cardio risks and cholesterol depositions in humans. Besides, essential oil comes with more health benefits.
A study published in 'Aging Cells' analyzes the effectiveness of Extra Virgin Olive Oil in regulating brain health. This research is the follow-up of a 2012's research (Extra Virgin Olive Oil reduces signs of neurological Alzheimer's diseases in mice, improving memory).
Professor Dr.Domenico Pratico, Departments of Pharmacology and Microbiology and the Center for Translational Medicine at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine and his team led a new study to identify the benefits of extra virgin olive oil in the nervous system.
Dementia is a memory impairment that hinders everyday activities such as thinking, the behavior of human beings as a part of aging. Tauopathies increases the risk of dementia due to the toxic tangles accumulation of tau protein in the neurons causing neurodegenerative disorders.
Dr.Pratico studied Extra Virgin olive oil's role in reducing neural dementia with two groups of genetically engineered mice, manifesting an excessive amount of tau protein in their body. The tau designed mice are of six months old (Nearly Forty years in Human age) in which one group is fed with supplements containing extra virgin olive oil, and the other group is fed with a normal diet without extra virgin olive oil.
At the age of twelve months in mice (comparatively 60 years in humans), the researchers underwent a series of behavioral tests on it. They found that the tau depositions are 60% lesser in mice fed with Extra virgin olive oil compared to the tau protein accumulated in the normal diet-fed mice group. The mice group also revealed better synapses function in the brain fed with Olive oil. The level of Complexin 1 protein in the brain increased due to the intake of Extra virgin olive oil, where the healthy protein is all responsible for memory, neuroplasticity, and synapsis function of the central nervous system.
The study proved the effectiveness of the essential olive oil in improving brain health, reducing dementia in mice. Though the analysis succeeded in the mice model proving various forms of dementia cures, the diet of Extra Virgin Olive oil in humans is happening for decades, and we need proven results yet, says Dr.Pratico.
Pratico also adds that we learned several mechanisms and effects of Olive oil in heart and brain health impairments, but the tau deposition in the human body takes more time to reduce than the mice analysis.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil in Diet Reduces The Risk of Dementia