Extra-virgin olive oil may be used to treat Alzheimer's disease.
These findings were titled "Extra-virgin Olive Oils Improve cognition and Neurological Pathology in 3xTg Mice." Domenico Pratico (a professor in Pharmacology at the Center for Translational Medicine) published these findings.
This study also looked at the effects of extra virgin oil consumption on Alzheimer’s disease risk.
Recent studies have shown that Extra Virgin Olive Oil has brain-protective, antioxidant and phenolic properties.
To demonstrate the main features and symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease, scientists used genetically engineered mice.
- Memory impairment
- Amyloid plaque buildup
- Neurofibrillary Tangles
Amyloid plaque is a protein buildup in your brain. This can lead to brain cell death.
There were two groups of mice created.
After six months, the mice were tested for cognitive performance.
Researchers found that mice who were fed extra virgin olive oils rich diets had higher levels of peptides than those who were fed the baseline diet.
Brains had reduced tau phosphorylation and neuropathology.
These are all important features of Alzheimer's Disease. Study results showed that EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) had a positive effect.
Researchers concluded the study supported both positive longitudinal as well as cross-sectional data. It is possible that Extra Virgin Olive Oil could be used to treat or prevent Alzheimer's Disease.