Study: Olive Oil Compound May Help Prevent, Treat Alzheimer’s

I just read more news detailing the potential health benefits of extra virgin olive oil.

The latest development involves Alzheimer’s. Researchers in the United States said a naturally occurring compound in EVOO , called oleocanthal, could help prevent the disease.

I pulled up a news release to learn more. Researchers said oleocanthal changes the structure of highly toxic brain chemicals, or neurotoxic proteins, believed to contribute to the debilitating impact of dementia. The structural change slows the ability of these harmful proteins to damage nerve cells in the brain.

“The findings may help identify effective preventative measures and lead to improved therapeutics in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease,” said study co-leader Paul Breslin, a sensory psychobiologist at the Monell Center in Philadelphia.

I learned that these highly toxic proteins, known as ADDLs, bind within the neural synapses of the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. They’re believed to disrupt nerve cell function, eventually leading to memory loss, cell death, and the “global disruption” of brain function. I also learned synapses are “specialized junctions” that allow one nerve cell to transmit information to another.

The results add to previous findings about the potential health benefits of extra virgin olive oil, including a study suggesting that that EVOO could help help fight breast cancer.

Bon appétit,

Claude S. Weiller
Vice President of Sales & Marketing
California Olive Ranch