If you want to improve your memory, eat more olive oil
The road to understanding Alzheimer’s just became a little less narrow. Researchers discovered that olive oil can improve, and even enhance, memory. The study, published in the journal Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology, found that olive oil reduces a notable mark of Alzheimer’s disease.
Domenico Pratico, from the Lewis Klein School of Medicine, confirmed the findings to USA Today.
“We found that olive oil reduces brain inflammation but most importantly activates a process known as autophagy,” he said.
What is Autophagy?
It’s when cells clear out debris and toxins from the brain. For Alzheimer’s, amyloid plaques and tau tangles are early markers for the disease.
“This is an exciting finding for us,” Pratico said. Since autophagy stages the beginning for Alzheimer’s disease, the discovery is important for both science and medicine.
Temple University researchers found that olive oil, “protects against memory loss” and “preserves the ability to learn and reduces conditions associated with Alzheimer’s disease.” Furthermore, the Lewis Katz School of Medicine studied mice with EVOO diets and found that they have better memory in comparison to mice who did not eat olive oil.