The Latest Research and why EVOO is so good for us
There have been a series of interesting reads recently on the health benefits of increasing Extra Virgin Olive Oil in your diet. We’ve highlighted some of the main stories here to give you an overview of the latest research.
Component in EVOO kills cancer cells
Relating to research first published in the journal of Molecular and cellular Oncology in 2015, this study has proven that the ingredient oleocanthal causes cancerous cells to rupture releasing enzymes and obliterating the cancerous cells without harming healthy cells. Oleocanthal is made when the olive is crushed to make the pulp from which olive oil is pressed and is one of the important phenolic compounds in EVOO. This would therefore be more present in new season oil, when the polyphenolic content is at its highest.
EVOO prevents dementia by prompting the brain to clear out harmful debris
Research conducted at Temple Universitiy in Pennsylvania in June 2017 has shown that regular consumption of EVOO can “protect your memory and your ability to learn new things as you age”. The study found that the connections between neurons were found to be better preserved where olive oil was consumed and there was an increase in nerve cell autophagy activation (which clears toxins from the brain). Scientists believe that the reduction in autophagy is involved at the onset of Alzheimers, so this is believed to be an important breakthrough that could help to treat the disease.
Frying Vegetables in EVOO recommended for Men with Prostate Cancer
This study by Mary Flynn (Brown University Miriam Hospital, Rhode Island, USA) revealed that adding extra virgin olive oil to the plant-based diet recommended by the Prostate Cancer Foundation assisted weight loss and helped to increase the absorption of compounds with anticancer properties (carotenoids).
The higher quality the EVOO you consume and the fresher it is, the better the oil is for you, which is why we recommend new season oil shipped directly from the press to your door.