Olive Oil Helps Reduce Risks of Alzheimer: Study

Olive Oil Helps Reduce Risks of Alzheimer: StudyAccording to a study, a compound found in olive oil helps destroy the toxic proteins that attribute to Alzheimer's disease. The compound is known as oleocanthal and provides olive oil its peppery bite.

The naturally occurring antioxidant is believed to be a key ingredient that could lead to develop powerful drugs to fight dementia, according to the reports of Daily Express.

Mediterranean diets can be highly effective to reduce the risks of Alzheimer, according to the researchers. Mediterranean countries that have extra-virgin oil as a staple part of the diet have far lower rates of the disease.

The researchers said that oleocanthal removes the dangerous protein known as amyloid beta from the brain. Harmful plaques are formed by the sticky protein to kill off nerve cells. The killing of nerve cells does not allow one part of the brain to talk to the other, which causes severe symptoms like memory loss and confusion.

Scientists said that it takes at least a decade for amyloid beta to develop in the brain before showing the first symptom.

Dr. Amal Kaddoumi of the University of Louisiana said to the paper, "Extra virgin olive oil derived oleocanthal associated with the consumption of Mediterranean diet has the potential to reduce the risk of Alzheimer's or related neurodegenerative dementia".