Extra Virgin Olive Oil contains a naturally occurring chemical that mimics the effects of ibuprofen
The Monell Chemical Senses Center in the USA has now discovered that Extra Virgin Olive Oil contains a naturally occurring chemical that mimics the effects of ibuprofen. It was found that a dose of 50g or four tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil equates to 10% of the recommended ibuprofen dose for adult pain relief.
The team discovered that the chemical in Olive Oil – which they named oleocanthal – inhibits the activity of enzymes related to inflammation in the same way as ibuprofen and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
The findings suggested that oleocanthal plays a causal role in the health benefits associated with diets where Olive Oil is the principal source of fat. Their report said that oleocanthal should be present in any Extra Virgin Olive Oil, but concentrations will vary depending on a number of factors, such as the variety of olive and the age of the olives at pressing.
Mix olive oil with a few drops of rosemary oil to create soothing massage oil for weary feet and tired muscles.