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EVOO Is Good for Your Brain

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • High-quality, authentic olive oil offers benefits to brain functioning and cardiovascular health, according to numerous studies
  • Alongside the increasing popularity of olive oil, some manufacturers have begun adding other types of oil to their products without altering the name or mentioning this in the list of ingredients
  • Certain added oils can actually be harmful to your health; there are ways to identify pure varieties of higher quality

Extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO) may improve brain health and decrease your risk of cognitive decline, according to researchers from Temple University in Philadelphia and Sapienza University in Rome. The research was published in November 2019 in the journal Aging Cell.

Led by Dr. Domenico Praticò, the team tested the effects of EVOO supplementation in a diet fed to mice that were genetically predisposed to tauopathies, or neurodegenerative disorders. After six months, they noticed improvements in the animals' memory and cognition. As noted in the abstract, their findings:

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