Olives Alive: Extra-virgin oil has anti-inflammatory properties

By Christen Brownlee, 15:53 PM April 15, 2008

Besides taste, scientists now offer another reason why people should drizzle their food with extra-virgin olive oil. A chemical analysis suggests that a molecule isolated from this grade of oil, which comes from the first pressing of the fruit, has anti-inflammatory effects similar to those of ibuprofen. The finding may explain some of the health benefits associated with the Mediterranean diet.

This style of eating, now popular beyond its origins in southern Europe, consists mostly of vegetab...

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