Extra Virgin Olive Oil — it’s delicious in a salad, used in cooking, and as a tasty condiment served with bread. Olive oil also contains antioxidants which may reduce the risk of chronic diseases as well as fight inflammation (believed to be a driver of such diseases as type 2 diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, and cancer).
According to ScienceDaily.com, researchers have verified the bioactivity of the polyphenols present in extra virgin olive oil in breast cancer cell lines. This study confirms the potentiality of polyphenols to inhibit HER2 activity and to promote its degradation.
Other research indicates that it may even fight Alzheimer’s Disease. Caused by the buildup of beta-amyloid plaques inside the brain cells, a study in mice showed that olive oil use could help remove these plaques. In humans, a Mediterranean diet, abundant in olive oil usage, also was beneficial. While more research is needed, experts agree that 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil a day is quite beneficial.