New evidence on extra virgin olive oil

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Regular consumption of olive oil promotes memory and brain health. Confirmation of the beneficial role of polyphenols, natural compounds in which olive oil is extremely rich, comes from a study conducted by the Institute of Cell Biology and Neurobiology of the Italian CNR and published in Nutrition.

In the Italian researchers’ experiment, the mechanism of action of olive oil polyphenols on mammalian neurological functions is revealed. The beneficial substances, administered to guinea pigs, produced increases in two growth factors (Ngf and Bdnf) of neuronal cells in brain areas involved in learning and memorization.

The scientific evidence from CNR complements the substantial literature on the benefits of olive oil, which is also indicated as a valuable anti-inflammatory in colitis. And it comes handy to remember the recommendation of nutritionists to consume two tablespoons a day of raw extra virgin olive oil.