New research has revealed that extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), can kill cancer cells. The study's results were published in the journal Molecular and Cellular Oncology. They were made public on January 23, 2015.
Paul Breslin, a nutritional scientist at Rutgers University, David Foster, a biologist at Hunter College, and Onica LeGendre, a chemist at Hunter College, discovered that oleocanthal causes a rupture of a portion of the cancerous cells that releases enzymes and causes death without harming healthy cells. This causes cancer cells to be killed by their own enzymes.
Oleocanthal, a chemical found in Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO), is a term for a chemical that is called 'aloe Vera Aldehyde.' Oleocanthal can be made from the olive pulp when the oil is crushed.
There are many substances in Extra Virgin Olive Oil that have a 6-carbon ring arrangement. They are collectively known as phenolics. These compounds, when combined together, are excellent antioxidants that prevent oxygen pore-radicals (from forming) from forming. They are also anti-inflammatory. It has been shown that Oleocanthal can interfere with the following procedures:
A variety of inflammations.
Cancer development and formation.
Researchers discovered that oleocanthal caused cancer cell to die almost immediately. This was in contrast to the 16-24 hours required for programmed cell death (known as apoptosis). While scientists knew that oleocanthal could kill cancer cells, this study is the first to examine how it happens.
Numerous studies have shown that oleocanthal can interfere with the development of cancer and other developmental pathways. In mice, oleocanthal has been shown to cause tumors in live animals. It is unknown if these effects are independent or if there is an upstream cause.
There is an upstream phenomenon that may be a book phenomenon that needs to be clarified. We are opening the lysosome with oleocanthal inside the cell, and releasing poisonous chemicals that kill it. This is known as Lysosomal Membrane Permeabilization, or LMP.
David Foster and Onica leGendre studied breast, prostate, and pancreatic cells. They showed that LMP could kill them, but they did not kill three types healthy non-cancerous cells.
These studies proved that Extra Virgin Olive Oil has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. They also showed the potential for transforming diets rich with olive oil, such as the Mediterranean diet, into extraordinary health.