A new study links the consumption of olive oil with a decrease in the frequency of autoimmune diseases.
The addition of olive oil to the diet daily contributes to a healthy intestinal microflora and prevents the development of intestinal pathogens that impair immune function. A positive correlation has been proven between adherence to the Mediterranean diet and a decrease in the prevalence of autoimmune diseases.
One such discovery is the relationship between the phenolic compounds found in olive oil and the supporting function of immune cells. A new study published in the journal Frontiers in Immunology has shown that olive oil has antimicrobial properties that act against intestinal pathogens, preventing colonization and promoting enhanced immune function.
Dietary omega‑3 polyunsaturated fatty acids contained in olive oil suppress inflammation and promote the development of beneficial intestinal microflora.
The study also explained that omega‑3 polyunsaturated fatty acids reduce the presence of pro-inflammatory bacteria, which leads to a decrease in the autoimmune response.
Why did it appear in people at all? From poor-quality food and sedentary standard of living, and of course fast food. The prevalence of autoimmune diseases has been increasing annually since the 1960s, there are more than 100 named autoimmune conditions. Autoimmune disease is caused by an overactive immune system that mistakenly attacks healthy cells in the body.
The consumption of extra virgin olive oil activates numerous metabolic pathways due to the polyphenols and phenolic compounds contained in it, stimulating immune protection. Studies have shown that daily consumption of olive oil and adherence to a Mediterranean diet can simultaneously combat autoimmune diseases and metabolic syndrome. It is not yet clear whether daily consumption of olive oil can reverse the existing autoimmunity. However, it has been proven to reduce inflammation, allowing you to reduce autoimmune symptoms.