A Consituent of Olive Oil May Prevent Brain Cancer

Olive oil has become exceedingly popular in recent years, not only for its culinary properties, but also because of its health benefits. A new study, published in the Journal of Molecular Biology, adds to the latter. Scientists at the University of Edinburgh found that an ingredient in olive oil, oleic acid, may help to prevent cancer developing in the brain. It is believed that the fatty acid stimulates the production of a molecule in the cell whose function is to prevent cancer-causing proteins from forming. While oleic acid is the mechanism, it is not yet known how the dietary intake of olive oil fits into this, but including it as part of your diet still remains a good choice.

 

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