BRAIN POWER

Health & Fitness - - Eat Smart -

Love ex­tra-vir­gin olive oil? Here’s an­other rea­son to in­dulge. Re­searchers at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Tem­ple Univer­sity, USA, have found it pro­tects your brain from cog­ni­tive de­cline and re­duces mark­ers of Alzheimer’s dis­ease. The study showed mice fed ex­tra-vir­gin olive oil-en­riched di­ets had re­duced in­flam­ma­tion in the brain, and a higher level of au­tophagy – a process that clears the brain of tox­ins. This is an im­por­tant discovery, as low lev­els are an in­di­ca­tor of Alzheimer’s. Time for an ex­tra driz­zle.

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