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4 Ways to Take Neurological Disease Prevention Into Your Own Hands

Neurological diseases are life-altering complications that limit the abilities of individuals.

Some examples of these conditions include (and are not limited to) Alzheimer’s and Dementia, Parkinson’s Disease, MS, and ALS. A lot of factors can contribute to these neurological conditions, such as genetics, lifestyle, and environment.

Currently, there are no proven methods to completely prevent any of these diseases. However, Angeloni has shown that olive oil and the Mediterranean diet play an essential role in fighting against cognitive decline by preserving brain health.

By reviewing over 30 studies consisting of about 3,000 participants, she found the following conclusions for each neurologic disease within her research:

1. Alzheimer's/Dementia

“Collectively these results evidence that olive oil and its phenolic components play a beneficial effect in Alzheimer’s/Dementia via targeting multiple pathological aspects of this disease and confirm the hypothesis that olive oil consumption is strongly associated with the positive effect shown by Mediterranean diet on Alzheimer’s/Dementia risk.

2. Parkison’s Disease

“In the context of Parkinson’s disease olive oil phenols are multitarget compounds able to modulate different cellular mechanisms involved in the onset and progression of the disease.”

3. Multiple Sclerosis

“Overall, olive oil consumption in the frame of the Mediterranean diet to ameliorate the wellness of MS patients is strongly suggested.”

4. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

“Olive oil phenols were also able to inhibit the release of nitric oxide induced by LPS treatment or SOD1mut glia, suggesting that olive oil phenols could have neuroprotective effects related to the modulation of inflammatory mediators.”

Take matters into your own hands, practice preventive care to protect neurological function, and give yourself a sense of security –– incorporate extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) into your daily routine today!

Written by Chloe Morrill
Reviewed by Kelly Powers, MA, RDN, a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who takes a holistic approach to nutrition and health. Kelly is a recipe developer with a food blog highlighting whole foods, simple recipes, and her life in San Francisco. She’s the creator of 52 Weeks, a weekly meal plan program that helps users get back in the kitchen and feed themselves well. Kelly is also a co-founder of Olivaio.