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Olive Oil May Help Prevent Strokes

If you're over 65, the more olive oil you use, the less likely you may be to have a stroke. This news comes from a French study published online June 15, 2011, by the journal Neurology. The researchers reviewed the medical records of more than 7,600 seniors, age 65 and older, none of whom had had a stroke. The investigators then categorized each person's olive oil consumption as "no use," "moderate use" (for cooking OR for salad dressing OR with bread) or "intensive use" (for cooking AND as salad dressing OR with bread). Participants mostly used extra virgin olive oil. After five years, 148 of the group studied had suffered a stroke. Weighing olive oil use against the known risk factors for stroke, the researchers found that the odds of having a stroke were 41 percent lower among those whose olive oil use was intensive, compared to those who didn't use it at all.

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Reader Comments (2)

Yes, olive oil is considered one of the healthiest oils we consume, one of the reason that it is taking taken raw without cooking, mostly. It also is rich in unsaturated fats.

September 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHealth Blog

I am very confused. According to Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn and his years of working at Cleveland with serious heart patients, he has found that all oils (including extra virgin olive oil) are harmful. According to his research,
they injure the endothelium, the innermost lining of the artery, and that injury is the gateway to vascular disease. Liken want happens to the kitchen drain if you begin to throw oil down it, it will eventually clog, does the same thing to your arteries.

Is there any possibility that Dr. Weil could respond to this?

September 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGJ
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