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Olive oil extract shows brain protecting benefits

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An olive extract rich in hydroxytyrosol may protect neurons in the brain from the normal deterioration associated with aging, suggests a new study. Hydroxytyrosol was found to protect brain cells from the detrimental effects of oxidative stress when exposed to ferrous ion, and may offer a neuroprotective ingredient to slow the decline in cognitive performance that occurs naturally with age, according to findings published in Pharmacological Research.

Results showed that the olive oil compound reduces cell damaging effects of the oxidative and nitrosative stress in a dose-dependent manner, with higher doses providing increased protection.

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