A variety of health benefits are associated with the Mediterranean diet, especially the lower incidence of dementia.

The researchers from the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University Philadelphia, USA have studied the effects of extra-virgin olive oil consumption. They have shown that the extra-virgin olive oil has the role to reduce the formation of classic markers of Alzheimer’s disease, like neurofibrillary tangles and amyloid-beta plaques and to protect learning ability and memory.

For this study there was used a well-established Alzheimer’s mouse model. The mice were divided in two groups, one group fed with diet enriched with extra-virgin olive oil and the other group fed with diet without olive oil. A significant increase in steady state levels of synaptophysin, a marker of synaptic integrity and some remission of behavioral deficits have been shown at the mice that received the extra-virgin olive oil diet.

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