ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — A local study finds olive oil, a staple of the Mediterranean diet, reverses memory loss and improves learning at least in animals.

But there’s no reason to think the results wouldn’t be the same in people. “Its really just suggesting that adding olive oil to your diet along with exercise will reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s disease,” said Saint Louis University geriatrics researcher Dr. Susan Farr.

In the study mice were fed extra virgin olive oil for two months. At the end of the study the mice had increased learning and memory functions.

Farr says only extra virgin olive oil, not just regular olive oil contains the memory improvement properties. Regular olive oil is processed and has lost most of its beneficial polyphenols.

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Comments (4)
  1. freddy says:

    Olive oil is magical! So good for you on the inside, and makes your skin look great on the outside too. It’s abundantly used in the prasouda diet which is so healthy and tasty!

  2. Julie says:

    What this little write-up isn’t including is that they didn’t test mice with oil and mice without oil – they tested mice with olive oil against two other groups – mice fed cocoanut oil and mice fed butter. Olive oil is 15% saturated fat – the other two “foods” are much higher in saturated fat. What this seems to indicate is merely that olive oil is less damaging that higher saturated fat products. No oil is a health food.

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