Cancer Research and Olive Oil


According to a recent study by researchers at the Universitat Automa de Barcelona in Spain, the moderate intake of extra virgin olive oil can possibly help in preventing breast cancer and even slowing down the spreading of this cancer.They found that the intake of extra virgin olive oil combats the effect of genes that promote growing of mammary tumours. It also lessens the proteins that the cancer cells require to grow and multiply. It also protects the DNA against damage that might lead to cancer.

Breast cancer being one of the most prevalent types of cancer in Western countries, medical practitioners warn women to pay close attention to their diet. Research has shown that a diet rich in fats is directly related to the occurrence of cancer. On the other hand, some types of fatty acids, especially those that is present in extra virgin olive oil, can play a preventative role in the development of these cells. Extra Virgin Olive Oils is rich in oleic acid, which is a mono-unsaturated fatty acid, and contains several bio-active ingredients like antioxidants.

The health benefits of extra virgin olive oil is already well documented. This new study proves that it does much more than just prevent heart disease; it actually plays a very important role in the general prevention of chronic disease.

Olyfberg, which is a well known local South African olive producer, is working together with CANSA (Cancer Association of South Africa) in the fight against cancer. They are also contributing R2 for each litre of their Extra Virgin Olive Oil sold, in the coming year, from 1October 2012, towards cancer research. They aim to assist in the fight against cancer, and in promoting good health in general.

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