Olive oil: The key to curing cancer?

Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), long-known for its heart health benefits, ho provide an explanation for this phenomenon until now. Paul Breslin, David Foster, and Onica LeGendre offer answers in their paper, published in Molecular & Cellular Oncology.

In their recent study, the researchers discovered that the key to understanding the toxic effect of oleocantha in cancerous cells lies in its reaction with the lysosomes of the cell, where the cells store waste: the oleocantha ruptures the cancer cell lysosomes causing cell death within 30 minutes to an hour while leaving un-cancerous cells unharmed. This suggests that the lysosomal membranes of cancerous cells are weaker than those of uncancerous cells.
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Oleocanthal & Alzheimer’s disease

Previous evidence suggested extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO) is linked to attenuating amyloid-β (Aβ) pathology and improving cognitive function in Alzheimer’s disease (AD) mouse models. In addition, we recently reported the beneficial effect of oleocanthal, a phenolic compound in EVOO, against AD pathology. Currently, medications available to target AD pathology are limited. Donepezil is an acetylcholine […]

Oleocanthal, a Polyphenol in Olive Oil, Positively Impacts Human Melanoma Cells

One of the most aggressive, chemoresistant forms of cancer is malignant cutaneous melanoma. There are some treatment options available including injection of inflammatory molecules, along with oral and topical agents, which is where extra virgin olive oil polyphenols may play a key role.

Oleocanthal, one of the most recognized polyphenolic compounds in extra virgin olive oil, was discovered by Gary Beauchamp during an experiment to improve the taste of ibuprofen.
SEE MORE: Olive Oil and Cancer Treatment and PreventionWhile researching molecular gastronomy with a team of scientists, food specialists and chefs, Beauchamp was conducting an olive oil tasting when he noticed some similarities between the taste of a particular olive oil and the ibuprofen. Read more

Lipid-Lowering Effect of Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Atorvastatin in Type 2 Diabetes

Extra virgin olive oil, like statins, promotes lipid lowering in people with diabetes who have dyslipidemia.

Diabetes mellitus is a worldwide metabolic disorder that is caused by insulin deficiency. It often causes abnormalities in carbohydrate, lipid, and protein metabolism. Dyslipidemia consists of elevated triglycerides, total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein (LDL), and a decreased level of high-density lipoproteins (HDL). This alteration in lipid levels can lead to various microvascular diseases such as retinopathy and neuropathy. Individuals diagnosed with dyslipidemia often have serum cholesterol levels greater than 200mg/dL, serum triglycerides greater than 200mg/dL, LDL levels greater than 130 mg/dL, and HDL levels <40mg/dL in men and <50mg/dL in women. An increase in LDL levels can increase the risk of coronary heart disease whereas an increase in HDL levels lowers this risk. Read more

Extra virgin olive oil staves off Alzheimer’s, preserves memory, new study shows

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say there was a 54.5% jump in Alzheimer’s-related deaths over the span of 15 years. Veuer’s Nicholas Cardona has the inside scoop.

Temple University research shows extra-virgin olive oil protects against memory loss, preserves the ability to learn and reduces conditions associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

Researchers at the college’s Lewis Katz School of Medicine found mice with EVOO-enriched diets had better memories and learning abilities compared to the rodents who didn’t eat the oil. Read more

Extra-Virgin Olive Oil Protects Brain Tissue Against Alzheimer’s In New Study

This has been a fantastic month for olive oil. A recent study showed that it stops brain cancer tumors in lab tests, and now a new study shows that it protects brain tissue from the toxic substances thought to cause Alzheimer’s disease.

The experiment used a well-verified Alzheimer’s mouse model to examine the effects of a diet enriched with extra-virgin olive oil versus one without it. Researchers were interested in three types of outcomes all associated with the onset of Alzheimer’s: memory impairment, presence of amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles. Read more

34 Proven Health Benefits of Olive Oil

We all have ever heard about Mediterranean people who suffer less incidence of cardiovascular disease  and cancer. This condition is may rise since they have a Mediterranean diet which including olive oil in their meals. Whats special about olive oil?

Olive oil is the key of Mediterranean diet. Choosing olive oil is a healthier way to enjoy your meal. It is healthier than many other cooking fats due to the fact that it contains monounsaturated, or “good,” fat. There are a lots of health benefits of olive oil that have been proved related to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke, cancer and more. It can combat and prevent many disease and disorder also it is mentioned that olive oil can help the body to absorb better nutrients from other healthy ingredients in meal such as vegetable and fruits. Read more

Oleocanthal: The Secret of Olive Oil is No Secret Anymore

The Rising Star of Olive Oil Polyphenols

A researcher is endlessly curious and it was curiosity that resulted in Gary Beauchamp, PhD, of Monell Chemical Senses Center, identifying the phenolic compound oleocanthal. Oleocanthal is only found in olive oil so it is interesting that while attending a meeting on molecular gastronomy in Sicily, Beauchamp made a momentous observation. Read more

Researchers Link Oleocanthal to Cancer, Alzheimer’s Prevention

Researchers at the University of Louisiana-Monroe have reported that a compound found in EVOO was effective in preventing cancer and Alzheimer’s disease in mice.

The study which focused on extracting and testing the effects of oleocanthal concluded that the compound has the potential to become an effective dietary supplement for reducing the risk of developing breast cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. Read more

10 Ancient Uses of Olive Oil

Olive oil has long been the most important ingredient in the Mediterranean diet. It is an age-old health product. In recent years, people from around the world have gained an increasing awareness of its benefits, and sales in United States as well as in Asia have been increasing dramatically.

The World Health Organization officially recommends that people across the world adopt the Mediterranean diet for better health, and specifically suggests olive oil as the healthiest source of fat on the planet. Read more