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Olive oil fights CVD, diabetes.

Previous studies had already shown that olive oil helps prevent cardio-vascular disease and and diabetes. Dr Francisco Perez-Jimenez of Cordoba University wanted to know why.

First he put volunteers on a clean-up regime to remove previous dietary effects, medication etc. Then he put them on a restricted diet where the only difference was ‘good’ virgin olive oil at breakfast v ‘less-good’ one. The ‘good’ dimension is an ingredient called phenols.

At recruitment, the volunteers all had symptoms of metabolic syndrome.

After the good/bad breakfast, the volunteers’ blood was tested on lots of possible reasons. There was no difference in things like glucose or insulin action.

What was found was that the olive oil made a difference to the way genes were expressed, in nearly 100 genes. When hunted down, key genes are known to be involved in inflammation, CVD and type 2 diabetes. The olive oil dampened effects in all of these.

The ‘poor’ olive oil was simply made by extracting some of the phenols from the good olive oil.

For the record, the virgin olive oil was Canoliva, by Antonio Cano e Hijos of Cordoba. And the breakfast was 60g of white bread with 40ml (about 3 tablespoons) of virgin olive oil.


April 22, 2010 - Posted by | CVD - cardiovascular disease, Diabetes, Diet, Francisco Perez-Jimenez, Genetics, Health, Mediterranean diet, Metabolic syndrome, Olive oil, Success

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