Olive oil is a great memory aid. That’s because its anti-inflammatory compounds safeguard you from chronic inflammation, a serious condition that can lead to a host of inflammatory diseases and conditions, including memory loss and cognitive decline.
1. Olive oil contains phytonutrients that help control inflammation. Chronic inflammation damages the lining of the blood vessels and encourages plaque deposits to form, a perfect recipe for diseases and conditions like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke and dementia.
Research published in the journal Nature identified a compound in olive oil called oleocanthal that actually reduces inflammation.
Dr. Paul Breslin, one of the researchers in this study, said: “The Mediterranean diet, of which olive oil is a central component, has long been associated with numerous health benefits, including decreased risk of stroke, heart disease, breast cancer, lung cancer, and some dementias. Now that we know of oleocanthal’s anti-inflammatory properties, it seems plausible that oleocanthal plays a causal role in the health benefits associated with diets where olive oil is the principal source of fat.”
2. Look for strong-flavored olive oils rich in anti-inflammatory oleocanthal. A good-quality cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oil stings the back of your throat. The stronger the flavor, the more anti-inflammatory oleocanthal in the oil, and the better it is for your brain and your memory. Fresh, high-quality olive oil is serious business these days, because there are so many cheap interlopers on the market. Be sure to buy the very best olive oil you can find. It is a powerful medicine with healing benefits that are priceless.
3. Choose cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oil. “Extra-virgin” means the olive oil is unrefined and has the most delicate flavor and the most beneficial phytonutrients. “Cold-pressed” means that minimal heating was used to press the olives, thus preserving the oil’s phytonutrients, which are damaged by heating. Keep your oil tightly capped to avoid oxidation and rancidity, and store it in an opaque container away from the sun — preferably somewhere cool and dark. Buy olive oil in small fresh batches and use it within a few months to take advantage of its brain-healthy and memory-preserving nutrients. After 12 months of storage, there is a dramatic loss of nutrients in the oil.
Olive oil has a multitude of uses in the kitchen, but it’s to best to use it as a dressing on foods rather than cook with it because it has a low smoke point. For a delicious and welcome change from butter, fill a small bowl with extra-virgin olive oil to splash on whole-grain bread, salad or vegetables. For added flavor, sprinkle a few drops of balsamic vinegar and a few crushed rosemary leaves in with the oil.
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