Here’s one more possible benefit of eating a Mediterranean diet.
Researchers from the University of Louisiana are a step closer to
understanding why Alzheimer's disease seems to be not as common in
Mediterranean countries, and the possible role olive oil may play in protecting against the memory-robbing disease.
Since previous research
had shown that a compound in extra-virgin olive oil called oleocanthal
protected nerve cells from the damage that Alzheimer’s inflicts, the
scientists led by Amal Kaddoumi set out to see if oleocanthal could
decrease levels of amyloid beta -- known to play a role in Alzheimer's
-- from accumulating in the brain.
The researchers examined cultured brain cells from laboratory mice,
who for two weeks were administered a dose of extracted oleocanthal from
extra virgin olive oil twice daily. They found that oleocanthal seemed
to increase production of proteins and enzymes necessary to remove
amyloid beta from the brain.
The new findings are published in the journal ACS Chemical Neuroscience.
Source - Huff Post