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Olive Oil Protects Against Ulcers

May. 3, 2010
Olive Oil Times Staff

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(Ivanhoe Newswire) — People who eat a diet rich in oleic acid, which is found in olive oil and peanut oil as well as but­ter are less likely to develop ulcers, accord­ing to new research.

Researchers at University of East Anglia (UEA) School of Medicine in Norfolk, UK stud­ied more than 25,000 peo­ple aged 40 – 65 between 1993 and 1997.

When researchers looked fur­ther into the par­tic­i­pants’ diet they found that those with the high­est intake of oleic acid had a 90 per­cent lower risk of devel­op­ing ulcer­a­tive col­i­tis.

Oleic acid seems to help pre­vent the devel­op­ment of ulcer­a­tive col­i­tis by block­ing chem­i­cals in the bowel that aggra­vate the inflam­ma­tion found in this ill­ness,” Dr. Andrew Hart with UEA’s School of Medicine was quoted as say­ing.

Researchers say that half of the cases of ulcer­a­tive col­i­tis could have been pre­vented if larger intakes of oleic acid were con­sumed.

Two to three table­spoons of olive oil per day would have a pro­tec­tive effect,” said Dr. Hart.

SOURCE: Digestive Disease Week con­fer­ence in New Orleans, April 29, 2010

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