Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Lower your stroke risk: olive oil does the trick

Older people who use olive oil in their cooking and on their salads may have a lower risk of suffering a stroke, according to a study in Neurology. Researchers followed older French adults for five years and found that those who regularly used olive oil were 41 percent less likely to have a stroke than those who never used the oil.

High olive oil intake is also linked to a lower risk of heart attack, and a longer lifespan among heart attack survivors. Olive oil is one part of the Mediterranean diet that has been tied to heart benefits.

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