Olive oil may help you live longer and lower your risk of Alzheimer’s disease

New research suggests that olive oil reduces the risk of death from Alzheimer’s disease. Photo credit: TICKoper/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 4.0

A new study published on Tuesday says that replacing butter and other saturated fats with olive oil could improve your health and add years to your lifespan.

Researchers found that people who consumed more than half a tablespoon of olive oil a day were less likely to develop heart disease, Alzheimer’s, lung disease and cancer.

Study author Marta Guasch-Ferre, a researcher at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, says building a strong, preventive diet is a complex process, but olive oil is a great foundation:

Grecian Delight supports Greece

“We need to pay attention to overall diet quality and lifestyle, and consistent with our findings, the key would be to include olive oil in the diet as a substitute for other unhealthier fats.”

Olive oil is famous for being rich in healthy nutrients like antioxidants, polyphenols and vitamins, as well as healthy monounsaturated fats.

“One can speculate that mechanisms related to the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of olive oil may have played a role in these findings,” explained Guasch-Ferre.

The study involved analyzing data from over 90,000 people who participated in the Nurses’ Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study and did not have heart disease or cancer when the study began in 1990. The researchers then collected data from these participants over time over a 28-year period and asked them to report on their eating habits every four years.

Participants who consumed more than half a tablespoon of olive oil daily had a 19% reduced risk of developing fatal heart disease, a 17% reduced risk of developing cancer, a 29% reduced risk of developing… dying from Alzheimer’s disease and an 18% reduced risk of dying from Alzheimer’s disease. Chance of developing a deadly lung disease.

The researchers then created models to simulate the effect of someone substituting olive oil for 3/4 tablespoon of butter, mayonnaise and margarine. They found that the exchange resulted in a dramatic reduction in the likelihood of dying from any disease.

Greece is world famous for its olive oil

Greek olive oil is synonymous with Greek tradition, as well as its healthy diet and rich history. The country’s “liquid gold,” as Homer called it, is an indispensable part of the diet of every Greek.

The ancient Greeks consumed olive oil for healthy, long life – both as food and as an essential treatment for skin and hair.

Today, olives and olive oil are staples in a Greek household, where they are used in salads or as an essential ingredient in much Greek cooking.

Of course, Greek olive oil is now exported and consumed in all parts of the world, and many connoisseurs consider it the best available.

According to the botanist Augustin Pyrame de Candole and his book “Origin des Plantes Cultivees”, olive trees and their precious fruits were cultivated as early as 4000 BC. cultivated.

The botanist traces the origin of the cultivation of the olive tree to the shores of the eastern Mediterranean, basing his conclusion on the existence of self-sown wild olive tree vegetation, ancient texts and archaeological finds.

In 1951, Greek archaeologist Panagiotis Anagnostopoulos, who conducted extensive excavations at Knossos, claimed that the origin of the olive tree is actually on the island of Crete.

According to research by Anagnostopoulos, the cultivation of olive trees on Greek soil first began 3,500 years ago in the early Minoan period on Crete.

According to some historians, the Greeks were the first people to cultivate olive trees in Mediterranean Europe. This knowledge was transported by either Greek settlers or Phoenician merchants.

According to ancient Greek tradition, the home of the olive tree is in Athens, and the world’s first olive tree is said to have been planted by the goddess of wisdom, Athena, on the Acropolis hill.


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