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  • Writer's pictureNatasha Gradov

Olive Oil: A Daily Spoonful for Dementia Prevention

Recent U.S. research highlights the significant health benefits of incorporating just a spoonful of olive oil into your daily diet, notably in reducing dementia risks. Published in JAMA Network Open, the study led by Harvard University's Anne-Julie Tessier found that individuals consuming over 7 grams of olive oil daily had a 28% lower risk of dying from dementia-related diseases compared to those who rarely used it.

The study attributes the benefits to olive oil's high content of monounsaturated fatty acids and antioxidants, like vitamin E and polyphenols, which provide anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective effects. These compounds are crucial in preventing the amyloid plaques associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

Despite the promising findings, the research, primarily involving a White, educated demographic, suggests that more diverse studies are necessary. Nonetheless, with rising global dementia rates and no cure in sight, adding olive oil to one's diet emerges as a straightforward and effective preventive measure.

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