Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Olive Oil Could Help Alzheimer Sufferers

Gourmet Fusion recently had a special promotion on our extra virgin olive oils in the Leaping Lotus store at Solana Beach. Most people are aware that the "Mediterranean diet" which includes fish, lean meat, vegetables and fruit, and an abundance of olive oil is considered one of the healthiest in the world. Olive oil is an essential part of the Mediterranean lifestyle, and its diversity lends itself to most cooking methods and many dishes, including salad dressing, pasta making, and baking.

It is, therefore, good to learn that new findings published in the journal, Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, have just shown that a compound found in extra virgin olive oil could deter proteins from disrupting the nerve cell function that causes Alzheimer's disease. Scientists have discovered that the compound, oleocanthal, beneficially alters the structure of highly toxic proteins known as ADDLs. ADDLs are believed to directly disrupt nerve cell function, eventually leading to memory loss. The scientists are optimistic that with further research these findings could help identify effective preventive measures to help combat Alzheimer's disease.

So, if you are looking for a quick appetizer or snack, pour a little olive oil in a ramekin or olive oil dish, add some chopped garlic, or balsamic vinegar (or both) to make a healthy dip. Chop up a crusty loaf of bread for dipping, and invite your friends over for a glass of wine. Perfect!

Gourmet Fusion has extra virgin olive oils available online, and in the Leaping Lotus either natural flavor, or pressed with lemon, orange, or rosemary.

The source of the above research on Alzheimer's: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, Volume 240, Issue 2, October 2009.

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