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What olive oil for healthy ageing

  • Authors: Aiello, A; Dara Guccione, G; Accardi, G; Caruso, C
  • Publication year: 2015
  • Type: Articolo in rivista (Articolo in rivista)
  • Key words: Healthy ageing, polyphenols, olive oil
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The olive tree originated in Asia Minor around 6000 years ago and then spread to all the Mediterranean basin. Olive oil is extracted from the pulp of its fruits [1–3]. Many studies show that the nutritional pattern of the so-called Mediterranean Diet is associated with a lower incidence of age-related diseases related to inflammation and oxidative stress, such as cardiovascular disease, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease and cancer [4–7]. It is now clear that olive oil, as a main source of fat, must play a key role in explaining the health benefits of the Mediterranean Diet.