Researchers have found a positive correlation between following the Mediterranean diet and decreased prevalence of autoimmune diseases.
One such finding is the relationship between phenolic compounds found in olive oil and the supporting function of immune cells.
A new study published in Frontiers in Immunology found that olive oil has anti-microbial properties that work against gut pathogens, preventing colonization and allowing for the proliferation of immune function.See Also:Health News
The dietary omega‑3 poly-unsaturated fatty acids in olive oil suppress inflammation and promote beneficial gut microbiota.
The study further explained that omega‑3 poly-unsaturated fatty acids decrease the presence of pro-inflammatory bacteria leading to a reduction in an autoimmune response.
The prevalence of autoimmune disease has increased annually since the 1960s. There are now more than 100 named autoimmune conditions.
Autoimmune disease is caused by an overactive immune system that mistakenly attacks healthy cells in the body.
The increase in autoimmunity has been linked to a low-quality diet, a sedentary lifestyle and an imbalanced gut microbiome. A diet rich in processed food and fast food are triggering factors for autoimmune disease.
Researchers are now focused on including metabolic pathways, as most autoimmune cases are
paired with metabolic syndrome.
Metabolic syndrome is the name of a group of conditions, namely diabetes, obesity, and heart disease. The commonality between autoimmune disease and metabolic syndrome is inflammation caused by immune cells.
Some benefits include reducing body weight, waist circumference, systolic blood pressure and insulin resistance.
The benefits indicate an ability to reduce metabolic syndrome by reducing the contributors. The benefits would also include those that are linked to autoimmune diseases.
Extra virgin olive oil consumption activates multiple metabolic pathways through its polyphenols and phenolic compounds, inducing immune protection.
Research has indicated that consuming olive oil daily and following a Mediterranean-style diet can combat autoimmune conditions and metabolic syndrome together.
It is not yet clear if the daily consumption of olive oil can reverse existing autoimmunity. Still, it has been proven to reduce inflammation, allowing for a reduction of autoimmune symptoms.