We’re all used to the phrase “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”.
And while it might not sound the same, perhaps a teaspoon of olive oil might as well.
A new study suggests that including the oil in your diet could help reduce your risk of dying from dementia.
Eating more than half a tablespoon of olive oil a day is linked to a 28 percent lower risk of dying from the disease, compared to those who never or rarely eat the oil, according to researchers.
The research presented below Nutrition 2023 They also found that people should swap the country’s favorite spice for olive oil – which can be bought for as little as £3 in some supermarkets.
Replacing just a teaspoon of mayonnaise — and margarine — with the equivalent amount of olive oil a day is associated with an eight to 14 percent lower risk of dying from memory disease, it said.
dr Harvard University’s Anne-Julie Tessier said, “Our study supports dietary guidelines recommending vegetable oils such as olive oil and suggests that these recommendations not only support heart health but may also support brain health.”
“Choosing olive oil, a natural product, over fats like margarine and commercial mayonnaise is a safe choice and can reduce the risk of fatal dementia.”
Dementia is a collective term that encompasses many different disorders that affect a person’s ability to think about full activities of daily living.
According to this, around 900,000 Britons are currently living with this disease Alzheimer Society.
Alzheimer’s, a progressive and fatal disease, is the most common form of dementia.
The US study suggests that people who regularly use olive oil instead of processed or animal fats tend to eat healthier overall.
However, Dr. Anne-Julie states that the association between olive oil and the risk of dying from dementia in this study was independent of overall diet quality.
She added The The Research Is observation And proves no olive oil Is the cause of the reduced risk of fatal dementia.
However, UCL’s Professor David Curtis said it was difficult to assess whether the research was doing much to understand the links between diet, health and dementia risk because it had not been peer-reviewed.
He added, “There are many, many differences between people who consume olive oil and those who don’t, and it’s never possible to fully account for all possible confounding factors.”
“Another point to consider is that around half of dementia is caused by vascular disease, so anything that improves cardiovascular health, such as not smoking, can be expected to reduce the risk of dementia.”
“Olive oil consumption has been shown to be associated with better cardiovascular health, so one would expect it to also be associated with a lower risk of dementia.”
symptoms of dementia
Different types of dementia can affect people differently, and everyone experiences symptoms in their own way.
But in general, early signs of the condition include:
- memory loss
- difficulty concentrating
- You find it difficult to do familiar everyday tasks, such as B. if you don’t know which small change is the right one when you’re shopping
- Difficulty following a conversation or finding the right word
- Confusion about time and place
- mood swings