Researcher: Anti-inflammatory substance in acute cases but not sufficient - Long-term Vorbeugewirkung but possible
London - fresh-pressed olive oil acts like a painkiller: it contains an anti-inflammatory substance that works in the same way as the active ingredient ibuprofen, an international research team reports in the British journal "Nature" (vol. 437, p. 45). Against acute pain in his own olive oil because of the low efficacy of the ingredient "oleocanthal" not, regular consumption may bend but exactly how ibuprofen certain cancers and heart and circulatory ailments.
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It all started with an observation
The starting point for the study was the observation of one of the scientists involved, that freshly pressed olive oil, like the painkiller ibuprofen caused a burning sensation in the throat. Gary Beauchamp of the Monell Chemical Senses Center at the University of Sciences in Philadelphia (U.S. state of Pennsylvania) and his team then identified the ingredient responsible for it and called him oleocanthal.
Further studies showed that oleocanthal actually like ibuprofen inhibits the so-called Cox-enzymes in metabolism that are associated with certain inflammatory reactions in the body. 50 grams of olive oil a day have about ten percent of the effect of an ibuprofen dose for adults, as the scientists have calculated.
Success recipe ingredient of Mediterranean diet?
That's not enough to solely to distribute headaches. Be with the oleocanthal but probably an explanation for the health benefits of Mediterranean diet found with lots of olive oil, the researchers write. A high proportion of oleocanthal WOULD therefore in the organism, like ibuprofen and other painkillers from the group of so-called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory. They thin the blood and prevent certain cancers.