Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Brain Function

February 17, 2018

Dr. Yoshinori Ohsumi won the Nobel Prize in 2016 in Physiology and Medicine for his research on autophagy and fasting. Autophagy is a process where the cells breakdown and clear the body of intercellular debris and toxins. This process naturally occurs when we fast. 

In a new study, extra virgin olive oil was shown to initiate autophagy in the brain - protecting the brain and boosting cognitive function. 

The research study concluded that mice who were genetically prone to cognitive decline saw significant changes in the brain, such as better nerve conduction, less aggregate accumulation, and positive behavioral changes after just 3 months of extra virgin olive oil supplementation - due to autophagy mechanism brought on by the extra virgin olive oil. 

Not all oils are the same however - read the article "Is your olive oil fake?"  to find out how to get the right oils for your brain as many are not what

they say they are on the label.

 

 

 

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