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1. Protective Antioxidants
Olive oil is high in natural antixidants called polyphenols which protect the brain from free radicals.
2. Brian Vitamins
A good source of Vitamins E and K, olive oil has a double advantage. Vitamin E works to prevent mental decline, maintain a good memory and slow memory loss - where Vitamin K keeps your brain sharp with age and boosts brain processing speed.
3. Brain Boosting Chemicals
Olive oil boosts levels of two important brain chemicals — brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and nerve growth factor.
BDNF is a protein that stimulates new brain cell formation and can also offset the negative effects of stress on the brain. Low levels of this chemical are associated with depression.
NGF enhances growth, repair, and signalling of sensory nerve cells which are responsible for transmitting information such as sight and sound.
4. Oleocanthal Protects From Disease
Oleocanthal is an anti-inflammatory polyphenol that can cross the blood-brain barrier to clear the beta-amyloid proteins associated with Alzheimer’s.