A new study conducted by Temple University shows extra virgin olive oil's role in protecting memory against Alzheimer's disease.

According to the research, extra virgin olive oil has properties that fight against memory loss, preserving learning ability, and reducing the effects of Alzheimer's.

The Lewis Katz School of Medicine made this discovery by using mice. One mice group were given diets with extra virgin olive oil, while the other did not. During the study, mice within the control group showed signs of better neuron connections and memory preservation.

The reason for this is because, extra virgin olive oil activates the autophagy process which aides in preserving memory. USA Today mentions, the reduction of the autophagy process is what causes Alzheimer's to appear.

This discovery is VERY important in discovering a cure for those affected by Alzheimer's. Currently over 5 million people in the US live with this disease. Researchers hope to discover if a diet containing extra virgin olive oil can either stop or reverse the disease.

Cannot wait to discover what these researchers find with their next experiment using extra virgin olive oil. Read the full story on USA Today, or read the full study here.

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