Olive Oil or Nuts May Protect Brain

A randomized, blinded trial in Spain has found that a Mediterranean diet supplemented with olive oil or mixed nuts may improve cognition compared with a low-fat diet. This study followed 522 adults at risk for vascular events for 6.5 years. Olive oil and nuts contain antioxidant properties that may protect against neurodegeneration caused by oxidative…

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Antioxidants in Walnuts Improve Benefits of a Mediterranean Diet

Walnuts used to replace a third of the olive oil and avocado fat in a Mediterranean diet for four weeks was shown to improve blood cholesterol, LDL levels and vascular function in men and women with high cholesterol. Blood levels of one form of vitamin E doubled.  This study provides evidence that the antioxidants and…

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Olive Oil may Reduce Risk for Ischemic Stroke

Olive oil use was estimated by dietary recall in some 7600 French subjects 65 years or older who were followed for 5 years. When compared with non-users of olive oil, there was a 41% lower risk for ischemic stroke among the users, although this difference was barely significant (p=0.03). These results suggest there may be a…

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