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The cancer-fighting power in olive oil

Extra virgin olive oil, particularly high phenol olive oil, is one of the few foods that most health experts seem to agree on. The list of benefits is so extensive that olive oil is widely considered to be a superfood. There are numerous studies to support that it can help prevent Alzheimer’s disease, reduce inflammation, and decrease your risk of stroke and heart disease. It’s also packed with antioxidants and healthy fats. We have previously cited studies that have shown that olive oil kills cancer cells. Previous evidence suggests that certain olive oils can lower your odds of developing cancer, particularly oleocanthal — a naturally occurring anti-inflammatory compound found only in high-quality EVOO. Now, new research published in the journal PLOS further supports that EVOO just might have the...

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Guide to a Plant-Based Diet

One of the most important steps you can take to boost your energy and help prevent chronic diseases is to adopt a plant-based diet. Science shows changing your nutrition is a powerful way to live longer, help the environment, and reduce your risk of getting sick.   Boost Your Health With a Plant-Based Diet Many chronic diseases can be controlled with a whole-food, plant-based diet. Scientific research presented at the ACP Internal Medicine Meeting shows that a healthful diet in patients promotes the prevention and reversal of chronic diseases such as CVD, diabetes, and obesity. “Of the ten leading causes of death in the United States, at least seven, including the top four, are directly related to diet choices,” Michelle McMacken, MD, assistant professor of medicine at New York University...

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Olive Oil vs. Alzheimer’s

You may have read many of our posts on studies looking at the link between high phenol olive oil and Alzheimer's. Currently, Auburn University in Alabama is conducting a human study looking at how olive oil may delay or help prevent the onset of dementia under Dr. Amal Kaddoumi. Kaddoumi's specialty includes neuropharmacology and brain research. She has lead studies looking at how olive oil can help prevent cancer and Alzheimer's. She also received a R21 grant from the National Institutes of Health of more than $400,000 to study oleocanthal and the possible link to preventing Alzheimer’s and dementia. Kaddoumi has also received, $150,000 as part of the Auburn Presidential Awards for Interdisciplinary Research for a pilot study and is collaborating...

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5 Tips for Buying High Quality Olive Oil

Not all olive oils are created equal. It turns out that there’s a lot to know about selecting and buying the best one. To start, it’s a good idea to understand what the “extra-virgin” term often attached to olive oil actually stands for. Extra-virgin is a term unique to olive oil and signifies the oil was cold pressed from the first pressing of olives, which results in the purest, least acidic oil as well as the best-tasting oil. But that’s not the only thing to look for. Read the 5 tips below to learn more about how to pick a high quality olive oil. 1. Buy from small, family-owned farms Olive oil from large conglomerates is usually diluted. The most common type of fraud...

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2019 Dirty Dozen and Clean 15

Kale top 'dirty dozen' list of tainted produce Each year, the Environmental Working Group releases its "Dirty Dozen," a list of the fruits and vegetables with the most pesticides. The list this year is is no less depressing than last year's, but it's important nonetheless. According to the EWG report: "Overall, the USDA found 225 different pesticides and pesticide breakdown products on popular fruits and vegetables Americans eat every day. Before testing, all produce was washed and peeled, just as people would prepare food for themselves, which shows that simple washing does not remove all pesticides." The EWG seemed most surprised by the toxins in kale. More than "92 percent of kale samples had two or more pesticide residues detected," and, according to the study,...

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