Olive oil and its powerful array of polyphenols have been widely acclaimed and studied for their health benefits in cardiovascular diseases, bone diseases, weight loss, metabolic diorders, diabetes, etc. But what about neurological diseases? Diseases such as Alzheimers, dementia, Huntingtons. multiple sclerosis and even Parkinson have eluded scientist’s ability to cure them. Managing these diseases is possible but how do we prevent them? Can we prevent them? Scientists and medical researchers are looking at the ways that olive polyphenols and specifically oleuropein and hydroxytyrosol could play a significant role in combating some of these diseases and in particular – Parkinson’s Disease.
What is Parkinson’s Disease?
Parkinson’s Disease Parkinson’s disease is the progressive loss of dopaminergic neurons in the midbrain region. the exact cause of Parkinsons is unknown, it is clear that the onset of Parkinsons is caused by many things including disruptions in multiple cellular systems. In particular, the loss of dopaminergic neurons has been associated to mitochondrial dysfunction, oxidative stress, neuroinflammation, environmental toxins and several other causes. The symptoms we see are hand tremors, stiffness, slow movement, and loss of balance. Although there are medications that can slow the progress of Parkinson’s, this is still a disease that causes great suffering to nearly 1 million sufferers in the U.S.
How Can Olive Oil Polyphenols Help?
The blood brain barrier is very selective in what it allows to permeate the barrier. This can be both good things and permeability. The polyphenol compounds of oleuropein and hydroxytyrosol have been shown to be able to permeate and help The olive polyphenols can cross membranes by a passive diffusion mechanism and therefore can be absorbed.
Brain tissue itself is characterized by two things: one is the high level of oxygen consumption by the brain and the second is the high level of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) in the brain. These two factors can lead to a high level of oxidative stress and free radical production that can lead to reactive oxygen species (ROS) build up.
Fortunately, reducing oxidative stress and ROS scavenging are two things that oleuropeins and natural hydroxytyrosol do very well in the body!* The oleuropeins enhance the autophagy function in the brain cells , and the hydroxytyrosol can inhibit oxidation activities by the brain.*
The Bottom Line
At Oliventures, Inc., we believe that the science matters. That is why we directly sponsor scientific research and try to stay on top of the latest news in this exciting field.
Here at Oliventures we’ve invested heavily in research and development based on these exciting studies into the benefits of polyphenols. Check out our website to view our varied range of polyphenol-enriched extra virgin olive oil products that are packed full of oleuropein, natural hydroxytyrosol, tyrosol, olieocanthals and much more. all natural polyphenols that can provide you with all of the benefits we’ve covered today, and more.
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* Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.