Olive oil and Ageing Back

Olive oil and Arthritis

Two of the most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis develops when the cartilage covering and cushioning the bones at the joints wears off. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic, inflammatory autoimmune disorder that causes the immune system to attack the joints. Rheumatoid arthritis can lead to substantial loss of mobility due to pain and joint destruction. It also often affects other tissues in the body including the skin, blood vessels, heart, lungs and muscles.

Researches have reported the presence of a naturally-occurring chemical in extra virgin olive oil named as oleocanthal, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agent believed to inhibit the activity of cyclooxygenase (COX), an enzyme responsible for inflammation. The body also uses the oleic acid in olive oil to produce anti-inflammatory agents which help reduce the severity of arthritis.

Olive oil and Osteoperosis

Osteoporosis develops when the bone becomes porous and loses its density. Bones become more susceptible to fracture. Osteoporosis is associated with ageing and postmenopausal women. Regular consumption of olive oil promotes better bone mineralization and absorption of calcium to prevent osteoporosis. Studies are also being carried out to investigate the role of olive polyphenols for the prevention of osteoporosis.

Olive oil and Memory Loss

According to a study published in Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology Studies, diets with high monounsaturated fatty acids content protect against decline in memory performance and cognitive processing functions often associated with ageing. It follows that olive oil-rich diets may prevent memory loss in senior citizens. The rich content of oleic acid in olive oil helps maintain the membrane (wall) structure of the brain cells since the demand for oleic acid in brain cells increases during ageing.

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