Diet Rich in Olive Oil Can Protect against Multiple Forms of Dementia

A new study from the Temple University in Philadelphia, US, suggests that eating a diet rich in extra virgin olive oil may prevent the accumulation protein tau which is considered a hallmark of many types of dementia.Diet Rich in Olive Oil Can Protect against Multiple Forms of Dementia

For the study, a team of researchers used genetically modified mice that were prone to accumulate excessive amounts of the otherwise normal protein tau. In various forms of dementia, this protein accumulates inside neurons in the form of toxic “tangles.”

Mice were divided into two groups. The first group ate a diet enriched with olive oil beginning from the age of six months for 6 months. The second (control) group ate the regular diet.

After one year, the researchers conducted experiments that showed that mice eating olive oil had 60% fewer tau deposits compared to the mice from the control group.

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