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  • Olive oil-enriched diet reduces brain oxidative damages

    Researchers aim was to assess the influence of maternal diet rich in monounsaturated fatty acids on oxidative and molecular parameters in brains of mouse pups as well as their body weight during their lifetime.

    Female rats received a diet containing 20% of olive oil (OOED) and a standard diet (CD) in different periods: pregnancy, lactation and after weaning until pups’ adulthood.

    On the last prenatal day (Group 1), embryos from OOED group showed smaller body weight, brain weight and lower levels of sulphydryl groups (GSH) in the brain.

    On postnatal day-21 (PND21) (Group 2), pups from OOED group showed higher body weight and brain weight, reduced brain weight/ body weight ratio, and lower brain lipid peroxidation (LP). On PND70 (Group 3), pups from OOED group showed lower brain LP and higher levels of GSH in prefrontal cortex, and lower brain levels of reactive species (RS) in the hippocampus.

    Interestingly, the group of animals whose diet was modified from OOED to CD on PND21 showed greater weight gain compared to the group that remained in the same original diet (OOED) until adulthood.

    Furthermore, OOED consumption during pregnancy and lactation significantly increased BDNF only, as well as its main transcripts exon IV and VI mRNA levels in the prefrontal cortex. In addition, OOED significantly up-regulated FGF-2 mRNA levels in the prefrontal cortex.

    These findings open a pioneering line of investigation about dietary adjunctive therapeutic strategies and the potential of healthy dietary habits to prevent neonatal conditions, and their influence on adulthood.

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  • New Study: higher consumption of fats such as olive oil had a lower risk of cardiovascular disease

    CIBERobn researchers, in collaboration with other participants in the PREDIMED study centers have evaluated what types of fats are associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and mortality. They have also investigated the effect of substituting some dietary fats for others regarding cardiovascular disease.

    The study, led by Dr. Marta Guasch-Ferré and Jordi Salas-Salvadó, CIBERobn principal investigator and director of the Human Nutrition Unit of the Rovira i Virgili University and the two members of the Health Research Institute Pere Virgili (IISPV), have been published in the prestigious scientific journal The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition this month.

    As reported by the CIBERobn on its website, the most notable results of this publication show that participants with higher consumption of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (mainly from vegetalorigin, such as olive oil and nuts) had a lower risk of cardiovascular disease (between 32 and 50% less) compared with participants with a lower consumption of these fats.

    However, participants with higher consumption of saturated fats and so-called trans (fats mainly from animal products and processed foods such as bakery products) had a higher risk of heart disease (up to 30% more).

    Finally, this study also shows that replacing the consumption of saturated and trans fats with monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (eg nuts instead of industrial bakery) is beneficial in preventing cardiovascular disease and mortality.

    Specifically, data from the 7,038 high cardiovascular risk participants in the PREDIMED study, who were followed for six years, were analyzed. According to CIBERobn, the results emphasize the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet in disease prevention and the importance of replacing the consumption of unhealthy fats with fats that have been shown to be healthier.

    However, if these saturated and trans fats are replaced by other foods high in carbohydrates (especially refined carbohydrates) a reduction in cardiovascular risk is not achieved.

    The Predimed study was conducted by a consortium of Spanish researchers from different universities and hospitals and has been largely funded by the Carlos III Health Institute.

    The main results of Predimed were published in 2013 in the scientific journal The New England Journal of Medicine showing that eating a Mediterranean diet supplemented with olive oil or nuts reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease (myocardial infarction, stroke or cardiovascular death) up to 30% in a high cardiovascular risk population (diabetic, overweight, hypertension or high cholesterol, …).

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  • The Six Health and Beauty Benefits of Olive Oil

    Olive oil has been a staple ingredient in Mediterranean diets for thousands of years. Today it is commonly used in a wide variety of recipes. It is equally delicious in salad dressings, as a deep frying oil or as a dip for a good crusty bread. Not only is it tasty, it is also known and appreciated for its health and beauty benefits. However, it does not always need to be consumed in order to obtain those benefits.

    Remove Makeup and Wrinkles

    Olive oil provides a double benefit when used at night to remove makeup. Even stubborn eye makeup can be removed easily, without scrubbing, and the gentle oil will not sting eyes. Because the oil absorbs easily into the skin, it will not leave the face feeling greasy or looking shiny, and its benefits will not be ruined by rinsing off the face afterwards. Its moisturizing capabilities and high level of Vitamin E make it perfect for reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Best of all, it is non-comedogenic, so it will not clog pores.

    Remove Makeup and Wrinkles

    Naturally Treat Dry Skin

    Extremely dry skin and eczema flare ups are uncomfortable and can be difficult to remedy. Moisturizers and creams often contain perfumes or other ingredients that cause stinging and may irritate the skin even more, and even the best facial cleansers may still dry out especially sensitive faces. But when used with olive oil, certain cleansers can create a gentle yet powerful means of relieving dry skin. It can reduce redness and irritation within a very short time. Additionally, allergic reactions to olive oil are extremely rare. It can be applied day and night in the same manner as any lotion, or by adding raw egg white to the oil, a mask can be created. This can be applied and allowed to sit and dry before washing off to focus the benefits on a particularly dry section of skin.

    Remove Stubborn Stretch MarksRemove Stubborn Stretch Marks

    The same high level of Vitamin E that makes olive oil perfect for treating wrinkles and fine lines, also helps to fade away stretch marks. When used from the beginning of a pregnancy it can prevent stretch marks from even appearing. By applying the oil directly to the areas where the stretch marks are located, the lines will begin to fade and become less noticeable. It does take time, so users should expect to need to apply the product twice a day for a couple of weeks before results will begin to show.

    Eliminate an Itchy ScalpEliminate an Itchy Scalp

    Olive oil has been used as a natural remedy for centuries to eliminate dandruff. This product will not harm the hair the way commercial products might. In addition, it does not need to be used every day, but only once to thoroughly cleanse the skin and allow the scalp to finally heal itself. By applying the oil to the hands and massaging it into the scalp, it will immediately begin to release flaky patches and moisturize the skin underneath. Leave the oil on the head overnight by covering with a shower cap. Plan on washing the hair twice in the morning to eliminate any oily residue. If dry scalp does reoccur in the future, just perform the same treatment again.

    Enjoy Shiny Thick HairEnjoy Shiny Thick Hair

    A healthy scalp will help hair to grow faster and reduce hair fall, but this is not all olive oil can do for the hair. The oil can be warmed or applied cold. Massage throughout the hair, paying extra attention to the roots and ends. Allow the oil to remain in the hair for about 15 minutes and then shampoo and condition as usual. Hair will instantly be shinier, tangle less and be less prone to breakage. Over time many users discover their hair has become thicker and fuller as well.

    Nourish the Whole BodyNourish the Whole Body

    If you spend a significant portion of your day taking on the corporate world from the seat of an office task chair, then you probably don’t have all much time left over to focus on your physical health. The fat in olive oil is a monounsaturated fatty acid. This means it can help people to balance their insulin levels, and raise their good cholesterol numbers. It can help to reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack and reduce blood pressure. It can also improve circulation, improve metabolism and may even reduce the risk of breast cancer. There have been studies that show it may assist with treating pancreatitis and ulcerative colitis and may prevent cell damage in the liver. Since beauty and good health go hand-in-hand, it is a smart decision to include this product in every diet.

    Olive oil is a versatile and affordable health and beauty product. Not only can it replace less healthy oils in nearly any recipe in the kitchen, it can also eliminate some of the clutter on the bathroom vanity as well. People can feel good using it too, because as a natural product it contains no chemicals and is a sustainable and environmentally safe product.

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  • Olive Oil appear to boost Brain Power when added to Plant-Based Diet

    We know that fish has a well-earned reputation as brain food. But not every stay-sharp ingredient has gills and lives underwater.

    Some land-based sources of healthy fats include olive oil and nuts. Olive oil and nuts appear to boost brainpower when added to a plant-based diet.

    Not surprisingly the Mediterranean diet was seen as a valuable aid. This diet is rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and beans.

    In a recent study, people who ate the Mediterranean diet boosted with nuts improved their memory when examined on a test designed to look at recall. The scientists are not certain why this is the case but one of the theories is that it helps with flow of blood to the brain.

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    Dr. Brian McDonough has been medical editor at KYW Newsradio for more than a quarter-century (since 1987)! Brian McDonough has been honored as Family Physician of the Year by the Delaware Academy of Family Physicians, and is a Sir William Osler.

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  • Study: Olive oil prevents induced colon carcinogenesis

    Many studies have investigated factors that contribute to colon cancer in which dietary and environmental factors have been shown to play an integral role in the etiology of this diseas.

    Colon cancer ranks third in cancer related mortalities in the United States. Many studies have investigated factors that contribute to colon cancer in which dietary and environmental factors have been shown to play an integral role in the etiology of this disease.

    Specifically, human dietary intake of environmental carcinogens such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) has generated interest in looking at how it exerts its effects in gastrointestinal carcinogenesis.

    Therefore, the objective of this study was to investigate the preventative effects of olive oil on benzo(a)pyrene [B(a)P]-induced colon carcinogenesis in adult ApcMin mice.

    Mice were assigned to a control (n =8) or treatment group (n =8) consisting of 25, 50 and 100 μg B(a)P/kg body weight (bw) dissolved in tricaprylin [B(a)P-only group] or olive oil daily via oral gavage for sixty days.

    The studies showed that ApcMin mice exposed to B(a)P developed a significantly higher number (p< 0.05) of larger dysplastic adenomas compared to those exposed to B(a)P + olive oil.

    Treatment of mice with B(a)P and olive oil significantly altered (p< 0.05) the expression of drug metabolizing enzymes in both the colon and liver tissues.

    However, only GST activity was significantly higher (p< 0.05) in the liver of mice treated with 50 and 100 μg B(a)P/kg bw + olive oil.

    Lastly, olive oil promoted rapid detoxification of B(a)P by decreasing its organic metabolite concentrations and also decreasing the extent of DNA damage to colon and liver tissues (p< 0.05).

    These results suggest that olive oil has a protective effect against B(a)P-induced colon tumors.

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    Leah D. Banks, Priscilla Amoah, Mohammad S. Niaz, Mary K. Washington, Samuel E. Adunyah, Aramandla Ramesh, Olive oil prevents benzo(a)pyrene [B(a)P]-induced colon carcinogenesis through altered B(a)P metabolism and decreased oxidative damage in ApcMin mouse model, The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, Available online from 22 October 2015, ISSN 0955-2863

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    Oleanolic Acid, a Compound Present in Olives, Protects against Genotoxicity in Human Mammary Epithelial Cells

    A study by the research group “Tumor Immunology” directed by Professor of Immunology at the University of Jaén (UJA) Jose Juan Gaforio has determined that Oleanolic Acid (OA), present in the skin of olives, could inhibit the proliferation of highly invasive cells of breast cancer, while protecting normal epithelial breast cells.

    Oleanolic Acid and Maslinic acid (MA) are constituents of the skins of different fruits, including olives and white or red grapes. Although it was known that both compounds have beneficial properties against different types of cancer, so far there were no studies on its chemopreventive effects in human breast cancer, as reported by the UJA in a statement.

    In the study, published in the journal Molecules, UJA researchers used cells from human breast cancer and non-cancer to determine the effects of AO and MA in human mammary epithelial cells. The results showed that the AO inhibited proliferation and increased oxidative stress of highly invasive cells.

    In addition, the OA decreased oxidative stress and oxidative DNA damage in human mammary epithelial cells. These results, according to the teaching center of Jaén suggest that the OA could act as a chemopreventive agent in human breast cancer and can inhibit proliferation of highly invasive breast cancer cells.

    Although the Oleanolic Acid is found mostly in olive skin, Jose Juan Gaforio explained that it can also be found in the pulp of olives and also appears in virgin olive oil.

    The researcher of the UJA has highlighted the dual effect of this type of components, “that exert a different effect on normal cells than in tumor cells, which may help explain why eating certain foods can help prevent certain types of tumors.”

    The research group “Tumor Immunology” of the University of Jaen has worked for years in the study of those minor components of virgin olive oil, such as Squalene, Hydroxytyrosol, Maslinic Acid, Uvaol, and Erythrodiol Tyrosol which can contribute to the prevention of breast cancer, “which show similar effects, many of them antioxidants, demonstrating this duality in the effect of normal cells or tumor cells” assured the researcher of this group.

    This study is available here.
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  • Olive oil has some astonishing effects for skin, body and health

    There are a lot of hydrating creams and other cosmetics for your skin. These products are already prepaired, packed in small boxes, convenient and easy to apply on the skin.But the using of olive oil is not as simple as it seems to be: combined with other ingredients or simply pouring it on your body, it has miraculous effects.

    In fact, using both glass the oil soaps and products based on olive oil skin care is like having the best of both “sides”.

    Soft and shiny hair. olive oil is rich in fatty acids can penetrate the hair cuticles, softening dried ones. Celebrity stylists and beauticians recommend to put a few drops of this substance palm and rub until the skin begins to glow. Then massage your hair with oil from peaks.

    Moisturizing skin. Apply oil every night on the face, around the eyes and wrinkles. You’ll notice how the morning your skin will be softer and smoother.

    Cleanser. If you blush with eyeliner, mascara and blush, as do the women to put their eyes out, certainly you know how hard it is to cleanse. A cleanser is easy to use in a drawer in the kitchen! Apply a small amount of oil on a cotton pad and makeup removal around the eyes will be a breeze!

    Soak your elbows. It is commonplace to observe that the spring and summer of sharp elbows. But why not take care of all year aceastp “alligator”? So whether it’s time for the beach or just a dinner out, you’ll have one less concern regarding your physical appearance! Soak your elbows in a bowl with warm olive liquid(you can heat in the microwave). Repeat as often as necessary, and your elbows will be softer than ever!

    Stretch. Both women and men can face these small and depressing marks on the skin that occur on the abdomen, buttocks, hips, thighs or breasts. Although they appear most often on the abdomen, in the last months of pregnancy, they can also be found in people who lose weight or lose muscle faster. To remove these marks on the body, massage the area with olive oil at least twice a day and you will see that results will appear!

    Sexy legs. Because your feet become soft and velvety, first soak them in vinegar, then rub them with this oily liquid firm. For a faster effect, you can leave the oil to act overnight!

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  • In a new study Diet with Extra Olive Oil may lower Breast Cancer risk

    By now, surely you’ve heard of the Mediterranean diet. The group of women in a new study with the lowest rate of breast cancer consumed about four tablespoons of olive oil each day

    It’s a pattern of eating that emphasizes fish, nuts, legumes, fruits, vegetables and olive oil — lots of olive oil.

    The evidence of its benefits has been piling up. For instance, a 2013 study in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that the diet can protect against heart disease. Another study published earlier this year revealed it can help fend off memory loss.

    Now, researchers say that eating a Mediterranean diet supplemented with four tablespoons per day of extra-virgin olive oil reduces the risk of breast cancer.

    “We found a strong reduction in the risk of breast cancer,” says Miguel Martinez Gonzalez, an author of the study and a leading researcher on the preventive health effects of the Mediterranean diet at the University of Navarra in Spain.

    For his latest study, which appears Monday in JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association, Martinez Gonzales assigned about 4,000 women between the ages of 60 and 80 to follow either the Mediterranean-plus-olive-oil diet or a low-fat diet.

    He found that the women following the Mediterranean diet had a 68 percent lower relative risk of developing breast cancer during a five-year follow-up period compared with women on the low-fat diet.

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  • When olive trees receive less water, their fruit produces oil with more beneficial compounds

    Olive oil is touted for its health benefits and researchers may have found a way to increase those benefits. A recent study shows that by changing irrigation practices in olive groves, farmers can produce healthier olive oil.

    By giving the trees less water at calculated times, researchers found that the olive production of the trees remained steady while beneficial compounds called phytoprostanes increased, according to Phys.org. There’s evidence that phytoprostanes not only protect plants against oxidative damage, but they may also support the vascular system and the immune system.

    Regulated deficit irrigation — or RDI as the researchers call it — is used to decrease the amount of water given to the olive trees in a specific, controlled manner. The Spanish researchers restricted irrigation during the growth phases when water stress had no impact on fruit production. Over two years, the researchers experimented with a 7- by 5-meter olive grove, watering when needed, but using irrigation when less water was necessary during the phase of pit hardening. The result was a more sustainable method of watering olive trees that’s healthier for the Earth while producing a food that’s healthier for humans. And since olive oil is a primary component of the Mediterranean diet, one of the healthiest diets you can follow, that makes sense.

    Interestingly, olive trees aren’t the only plants that can benefit from water stress. In vineyards, established grape vines that don’t get watered will send their roots deep into the soil to look for water. The hardworking vines produce intense, ripe grapes that make bold wines like Garnacha.

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  • Don't count calories, eat healthily to cut heart risks, say experts

    Doctors should promote the powerful benefit of healthy food rather than focusing on calories and handing out drugs, experts have said.

    A diet rich in fresh fruit, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, beans, fish and olive oil can cut the risk of heart disease, say researchers.

    The rising tide of obesity and unhealthy living should not be ignored but the benefits of medicines to tackle the problem are “exaggerated”, they said.

    Instead, people should eat a Mediterranean-style diet, rich in oily fish, olive oil and nuts, and focus on the nutritional content of food rather than just calories.

    The opinion piece, written in the journal Open Heart, said other changes, such as stopping smoking, also had major benefits.

    Dr Aseem Malhotra, from Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey, James DiNicolantonio, from the Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute in Kansas in the US, and Professor Simon Capewell, from the University of Liverpool, said research had shown many times over that simple steps could benefit health.

    For example, drinking a sugary drink (150 calories) is associated with a significantly increased risk of Type 2 diabetes but a daily handful of nuts (30g of walnuts, 15g of almonds and 15g of hazelnuts) or four tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil (around 500 calories) is associated with a significantly reduced risk of heart attack and stroke.

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  • EVOO use is associated with improved post-prandial blood glucose and LDL cholesterol

    Compared to other kinds of fat, extra virgin olive oil may have healthier effects on levels of blood sugar and bad cholesterol after meals, according to an Italian study.

    That may explain why a traditional Mediterranean diet rich in olive oil is linked to lower risk of cardiovascular disease, researchers say.

    “Lowering (post-meal) blood glucose and cholesterol may be useful to reduce the negative effects of glucose and cholesterol on the cardiovascular system,” lead study author Francesco Violi, a researcher at Sapienza University in Rome, said by email.

    Violi and his colleagues tested the effect of adding extra virgin olive oil to a Mediterranean diet based on fruits, vegetables, grains and fish, with only limited consumption of dairy or red meat.

    On two separate occasions, researchers gave 25 healthy people a typical Mediterranean lunch. For one meal, they added 10 grams (about 2 teaspoons) of extra virgin olive oil, and for the other, they added 10 grams of corn oil.

    Blood tests done before and two hours after the meals found that blood sugar rose after eating in all the participants, which is normal. But blood sugar rose much less after a meal with olive oil compared to one with corn oil.

    That’s in line with previous research linking EVOO to elevated levels of insulin, a hormone that helps convert glucose into energy, Violi said.

    It’s unclear, though, why the blood tests after meals with olive oil also showed lower levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL), the bad kind of cholesterol that builds up in blood vessels and can lead to atherosclerosis, blood clots and heart attacks.

    “Lowering (post-meal) blood glucose and cholesterol may be useful to reduce the negative effects of glucose and cholesterol on the cardiovascular system,” Violi said.

    Worldwide, more people die of cardiovascular diseases than any other cause. These conditions killed an estimated 17.5 million people in 2012, most often from heart disease or stroke, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

    Violi’s team also found that after meals with corn oil, people had significantly higher levels of two kinds of LDL than they did after meals supplemented with extra virgin olive oil.

    The study is quite small, and didn’t explore whether adding corn oil to meals might be better than including no oil at all, the researchers acknowledge in the journal Nutrition and Diabetes.

    Even so, they argue, theirs is among the first studies to link a Mediterranean diet containing extra virgin olive oil to lower blood sugar and LDL cholesterol after meals.

    People who want to get any potential health benefits from extra virgin olive oil shouldn’t take this experiment as permission to pour it on top of every meal, noted Arrigo Cicero, a scientist at Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna who wasn’t involved in the study.

    “Use extra virgin olive oil instead of other fats,” Cicero said by email. “The assumption is it has to be included as a source of energy in the context of a balanced diet.”

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  • Why the Mediterranean diet just may be the most delicious meal plan yet

    Olives and olive oil, fresh vegetables and fruit, whole grains, nuts, legumes, fresh fish and seafood, lean meats, cheese and yogurt and red wine. This may sound like the grocery list for a delicious dinner party (and you wouldn’t be wrong), but these foods are also the staple components of the Mediterranean diet.

    A 2013 observational study conducted by Harvard University and published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that eating a diet consisting of foods that align with the Mediterranean diet, such as olives and olive oil, are associated with promoting longevity. Data from the study, which looked at female nurses of predominantly European ancestry, suggests that women who adhere to the Mediterranean diet had longer telomeres in their blood cells. Telomeres are DNA sequences that get short when cells divide, so their length is thought to be a measure of a cell’s aging. Because the study design precluded researchers from establishing a temporal association between dietary habits and telomere length; the single-measure test used prevented the estimation of associations between the Mediterranean diet and telomere attrition rate in addition to the telomere dynamics possibly differing among other ethnicities.

    California Ripe Olives, a delicious part of the Mediterranean diet

    Olives, such as California Ripe Olives, are an essential part of the Mediterranean diet and are as good for you as they taste. Their unique flavor, texture and color make them one of the most versatile ingredients in the pantry, and make a perfect addition to a variety of dishes from appetizers to entrees.

    California Ripe Olives are picked and canned at their peak, making them a delicious way to get a variety of nutrients such as vitamin A (60 IU per serving), vitamin E (.25mg per serving), iron (.49mg per serving) and fiber (.5 grams per serving). Olives, much like olive oil, contain monounsaturated fat – the good fat – which is associated with increased longevity, decreased risk of heart disease, reduced risk of chronic disease, lower blood pressure, and improved brain function.

    Enjoy a taste of the Mediterranean with an al fresco California-grown Mediterranean feast

    As you’re looking for unique ways to entertain this summer consider hosting a Mediterranean feast, California style!

    Here are a few tips to put together a delicious Mediterranean-inspired spread that everyone will love, whether or not they follow the Mediterranean diet.

    *Keep it rustic, yet elegant by serving dishes on wooden boards and serving platters family-style. Select earth-toned linens and decorate the table food like lemons, rosemary and other whole fruits and vegetables for a casual and culinary-focused look.

    *Build your meal around the freshest ingredients you can find. Look for fresh in-season fruits like other California crops such as figs, grapes, squash and other fruits and vegetables.

    *Create a Mediterranean-inspired/California Grown cheese board with an array of cheeses, nuts and olives. For a simple Mediterranean-twist on marinated olives, combine black ripe olives with olive oil, lemon zest and herbs.

    *Pair freshly grilled fish with a simple tapenade made with black ripe olives, olive oil, garlic and roasted red bell peppers for savory Mediterranean flair.

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  • Research: Cardio-metabolic & immunological impacts of EVOO consumption in overweight & obese older adults

    Both aging and obesity are related to deregulated immune function, which may be responsible for increased risk of infection and also chronic non-infectious diseases. Dietary lipids have been shown to impact immune and inflammatory responses and cardio-metabolic risk factors.

    No information on the impact of olive oil on immune responses of overweight and obese older adults is available. Objective We aimed to determine the effect of replacing oils used in a typical American diet with extra virgin olive oil for 3 months on immune responses and cardio-metabolic risk factors in overweight and obese older adults.

    Methods: This was a randomized, single-blinded and placebo-controlled trial in 41 overweight or obese participants who consumed a typical American diet. Participants in the control (CON, group were provided with a mixture of corn, soybean oil and butter, and those in the olive oil group, with extra virgin olive oil, to replace substitutable oils in their diet.

    At baseline and 3 months, we measured blood pressure, biochemical and immunological parameters using fasting blood, and delayed-type hypersensitivity (DTH) skin response.

    Results: Compared to the CON group, the OO group showed decreased systolic blood pressure, a strong trend toward increased plasma HDL-C concentrations and increased anti-CD3/anti-CD28 -stimulated T cell proliferation. No differences were found in T cell phenotype, cytokine production, and DTH response between the two groups.

    Conclusions: Our results indicate that substitution of oils used in a typical American diet with extra virgin olive oil in overweight and obese older adults may have cardio-metabolic and immunological health benefits.

    This trial was registered at clinicaltrials.gov as NCT01903304.

    Authors: Mitra Rozati, Junaidah Barnett, Dayong WuGarry, Handelman Edward, Saltzman Thomas, Wilson Lijun, Li Junpeng, Wang Ascensin, Marcos Jos, Ordovs Yu-Chi Lee Mohsen MeydaniSimin Meydani
    Credits/Source: Nutrition & Metabolism 2015.

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  • The secret to keeping skin looking young is Extra virgin olive

    I have a cousin in her 40s who has amazing skin. Her secret? Extra-virgin olive oil after she showers.

    I remember she told me she doesn’t have stretch marks after five kids, and she thinks it’s because of it, too. Since then my bathroom drawer always has a bottle of extra-virgin olive oil.

    When I got pregnant with my first son, I was scared I would get stretch marks since such was reportedly genetic and I actually got some deep ones on my thighs because of puberty. I never really fluctuated in weight so the fact that I have those, I was quite certain that as soon as I gave birth, my tummy would be striped.

    In fact I was already psyching up myself for these “battle scars” so I wouldn’t be very disappointed after. But I did try to prevent it with Clarins oil, Lirac cream and, yes, olive oil. Result? Not a single line after three pregnancies.

    Olive oil is a vitamin E-rich beauty powerhouse that helps skin look younger, hypo-allergenic and helps calm the skin. It can be a part of your daily routine.

    For dry spots, use olive oil on a cotton ball and dab directly on the skin. I have used it on my son when he got irritating sunspots from a beach trip.

    Olive oil has the same healthy fats as avocado, so it pumps the skin with vitamin E and vitamin A.

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  • Vegetables fried in EVOO have more beneficial properties than when boiled

    A new UGR study, published in the prestigious journal Food Chemistry, reveals that vegetables fried in extra virgin olive oil have more beneficial properties than their boiled counterparts.

    The Mediterranean diet in Spain is characterized by a high intake of vegetables and extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), both of which are important sources of biofunctional compounds that have been linked to the prevention of chronic degenerative diseases, not only because they contain nutritive antioxidants such as vitamins C, E, and ß-carotenes, but also because they contain important amounts of non-nutritive antioxidants such as phenolic compounds. Phenols are found in EVOO and fresh vegetables typically consumed in Spain, such as aubergine, potato, tomato, and pumpkin, all of which have distinctive qualitative and quantitative compositions of phenols.

    It is often thought that when we cook raw vegetables in certain ways and using certain cooking techniques, their antioxidant properties, such as the phenolic compounds, are to some degreelost or destroyed.

    In order to determine whether there was any truth to this assumption, researchers at the UGR set out to test some of the most common ways we cook vegetables that form an integral part of the Mediterranean diet.

    The aim, therefore, was to putdomestic cooking techniques to the test and determine how they affect and/or enhancethe antioxidant qualities and amounts of phenolic compounds found in four fresh vegetables that are representative of the Mediterranean diet, namely; potato, pumpkin, aubergine and tomato.

    Fried, boiled or mixed with water and extra virgin olive oil?

    Three cooking techniques were employed: 120gm cubes of the vegetables were fried in EVOO, or boiled in water, or boiled in a mixture of water and EVOO. The experimental procedures were strictly controlled, with invariable proportions of the vegetables and the cooking mediums maintained throughout the analyses.

    The vegetables were also kept in optimum conditions in order to accurately measure their moisture, fat, dry matter, and phenol contents, along with their antioxidant capacity,before and after each cooking method was employed.

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    Should You Drink Olive Oil?

    Medical professionals and dieticians have long championed the health benefits contained in olive oil, and it remains a key ingredient of the Mediterranean diet.

    A fat with high amounts of antioxidants, olive oil helps protect heart and blood cells, and drinking it each day is good for cardiovascular well-being, according to Livestrong.

    Heart disease, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and some forms of cancer are among the conditions that can be helped by including olive oil to a diet, according to oliveoiltimes.com.

    Consumption may also help spur weight loss and pain relief, though Livestrong notes that olive oil should be taken in moderation because of its high caloric content.

    A study published in the June 2010 issue of Journal of Women’s Health examined whether an olive oil-rich diet facilitated weight loss, and concluded that an olive oil-rich diet prompted more weight loss than a lower-fat diet during an eight-week stretch.

    A study published in the British Journal of Medicine found that extra virgin olive oil contains the compound oleocanthal, which acts in ways similar to pain the medication Ibuprofen.

    In 2004, the Food and Drug Administration allowed a qualified health claim from the North American Olive Oil Association that roughly two tablespoons of monosaturated fatty acids from olive oil each day may decrease the risk of coronary heart disease.
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    Livestrong warns that drinking large amounts of olive oil could cause an accidental Vitamin E overdose, which may then make it more difficult the body to form blood clots. And at 120 calories per tablespoon, calories add up fast.

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  • Olive Oil Lowers Cholesterol: What Type Is Best?

    As Americans have tried to cut fat, their intake of olive oil has steadily increased. Scientists believe the oil can help lower cholesterol and play an important part of a healthy diet.

    High LDL cholesterol levels contribute to plaque build-up in arteries and can lead to heart attacks and strokes. Generally, a low-fat diet and exercise have been considered two ways to help lower cholesterol levels and improve good health. However, the fats in olive oil are considered better than other fats.

    The Mayo Clinic calls olive oil one of the top five foods that can “lower your numbers.” Doctors point to the antioxidants in olive oil, which can reduce bad cholesterol without compromising good cholesterol. Mayo recommends choosing extra virgin oil because it is more natural.

    The Olive Oil Times describes extra virgin olive oil as essentially fruit juice, since it is squeezed from olives. The main difference between “extra virgin” and “virgin” is that extra virgin generally has better flavor. Taste is based on the grower and region of the world in which the olives are grown.

    However, the United States Department of Agriculture actually allows more of the cholesterol lowering oleic acids in virgin olive oil than extra virgin. While the lower acidity improves flavor and is considered to be of overall better quality, health experts point to acid content as one of the main reasons olive oil has cholesterol lowering properties.

    It may be better to choose the virgin varieties, which still have good taste, but are allowed to have up to 2 percent oleic acid content. Virgin olive oils have still been through a natural process and are not refined.

    A good rule of thumb may be to use virgin olive oils for cooking and extra virgin olive oils for dipping and salad dressings.

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