10 Teaspoons of Fresh High Quality EVOO a Day Keeps the Doctor Away!

Source: Natural News, http://www.naturalnews.com/030254_olive_oil_breast_cancer.html

Olive oil may help prevent and even fight breast cancer, according to a study conducted by researchers from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain, and published in the journal Carcinogenesis.

The researchers found that olive oil appeared to protect rat DNA from the damage that can lead to cancer. Furthermore, it seemed to deactivate key proteins required for the continued survival of breast cancer cells.

Because the benefits were only seen in rats who consumed olive oil over the long term, researcher Eduard Escrich recommends that everyone consume 50 milliliters (10 teaspoons) of high-quality, extra-virgin olive oil each day.

Previous studies have linked olive oil to a lowered risk of certain kinds of cancer. Olive oil is also a critical component of the Mediterranean diet, which is associated with a lower risk of not only cancer, but also heart disease and degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

In another study, conducted by researchers from Barcelona’s Insitut Municial d’Investigacion Medica and published in the journal FASEB, olive oil was found to hamper the activity of genes associated with the hardening of arteries characteristic of heart disease.

“Knowing which genes can be modulated by diet in a healthy way can help people select healthy foods,” researcher Maria Isabel Covas said.

“This study is ground-breaking because it shows that olive oil and a Mediterranean diet affect our bodies in a far more significant way than previously believed,” said Gerald Weissmann, editor-in-chief of “FASEB.”

The Mediterranean diet is high in fruit, vegetables, fish, whole grains, and fats from nuts and olive oil. It is low in red meat and dairy, and alcohol (especially red wine) is consumed in moderation. Researchers believe that the healthy fats and antioxidants found in these foods may play a crucial role in the diet’s benefits.

Another classic Mediterranean ingredient, garlic, has been found to destroy breast cancer cells in the laboratory.


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Olive Oil Compounds May Boost Cardiac Fat Oxidation: Study

Source: http://www.nutraingredients-usa.com
By Nathan Gray, 21-Oct-2010
Related topics: ResearchNutritional lipids and oilsCardiovascular health

Olive oil, oleuropein and cafeic acid may enhance fat-oxidation and optimize cardiac energy metabolism in obesity, and improve oxidative stress in the heart, according to a new study on rats.
The research published in Nutrition Journal suggests that olive oil and its phenolic compounds, oleuropein and cafeic acid may have myocardial antioxidant activity in non-obese lab rats, whilst boosting the heart’s metabolism and fat oxidation in obese rats.

“To the best of our knowledge this is the first study that evaluated the relative potency of olive oil and its phenolic constituents, oleuropein and cafeic acid, on …markers of metabolic pathways in cardiac tissue of obese rats,” stated the researchers, led by Dr. Geovana Ebaid from São Paulo State University, Brazil.

“It was evident that the beneficial effects of olive oil and its minor constituents enhancing fat oxidation were reflected in cardiac tissue of obese rats,” they added.

Olive oil compounds
Dietary olive oil supplementation, and more recently phenols derived from olive oil have been marketed as therapeutic interventions in preventive medicine. But the question of what benefits olive oil and its minor phenolic compounds have on obesity-induced changes to the hearts metabolism is yet to be addressed.

Olive oil phenolic compounds, such as oleuropein and cafeic acid have attracted attention because of their potential anti-diabetic, anti-atherosclerotic and anti-inflammatory properties. Such compounds have been also associated with the antioxidant activity of olive oil.

The aim of the new study was to investigate the effects of olive oil and its minor phenolic constituents, oleuropein and cafeic acid, on calorimetric parameters, myocardial oxidative stress and energy metabolism in cardiac tissue of control and obese rats.

Phenolic benefits
After 42 days, researchers found energy expenditure, oxygen consumption, and fat-oxidation were lower in obese rates group than in the non-obese control group.