Olive Oil: Protection for Your Brain

Friday, 19 Apr 2013 09:55 AM

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
When you think of superbrains, you're more likely to imagine Microsoft founder Bill Gates and physicist Stephen Hawking with their 160 IQs than Sophia Loren or Italy's ex-prime minister Silvio Berlusconi. But if you want to protect your mental powers as you get older, it makes more sense to emulate the food-loving Italians than the math geniuses!
 
You know about the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet (low in saturated fats, high in vegetables and healthy oils). Its heart-loving, waist-trimming effects help keep skin wrinkle-free, the liver and immune system humming and your sex life lively.

Well, research has now pinpointed an additional Mamma Mia! advantage. One of the components of extra-virgin olive oil, called oleocanthal, ups the production of proteins and enzymes that KO amyloid tangles - those thought-scattering nerve blockers that characterize Alzheimer's disease. And get a load of this: Like ibuprofen, oleocanthal is a COX-1 and COX-2 inhibitor (it cools inflammation and pain), and milligram for milligram, ibuprofen and oleocanthal have about equal potency.
 
So when you dress your salad, flavor your Brussels sprouts (don't forget garlic and lemon, too) or marinate your fish, think extra-virgin olive oil or "EVOO," as Rachael Ray likes to say. (Stick with EVOO from California: Studies show that only 14 percent of imported extra-virgins meet international standards; but 90 percent of California's do.) Remember: When you cook with EVOO, don't overheat; keep it below 365 F or so - above that, chemical changes make it unhealthy. Buon appetito!

© King Features Syndicate

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Positive Thinking Aids Weight Loss

Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 08:41 AM

The idea that if you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem has been around since Biblical times (the p . . .

The Power of 'Thank You'

Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 08:28 AM

England's first book of etiquette, The Book of the Civilized Man, set behavior standards for 14th-century nobles, and  . . .

How Fruits and Veggies Make You Happy

Monday, 20 Oct 2014 08:36 AM

What do you call a stolen yam? A hot potato.
What do you do when a tomato goes on strike? You pick it.
How d . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved