Olive Oil for Inflammation and the Autism Link

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Olive Oil for Inflammation and the Autism Link

Postby Josie » Mon Jan 26, 2015 6:01 am

Olive Oil (Organic Extra Virgin Cold Pressed) is helping my son with better moods, concentration, sleep etc. I was wondering if it is because it is an anti-inflammatory food. I am giving him two teaspoons per day mixed in his food with his meals. I will increase this to 3 tsp. per day next week, and eventually to 6 or more teaspoons per day. He likes the taste in his food. With the oil added to his food after it is cooked and not during the cooking, he gets the benefit of the pure oil. Some olive oil is not as good as others. It should be extra virgin and cold pressed, and organic if you can find it. I buy mine at the grocery store. It also as digestive health benefits.

Anti-Inflammatory Benefits

It's unusual to think about a culinary oil as an anti-inflammatory food. Plant oils are nearly 100% fat, and in a general dietary sense, they are typically classified as "added fats." Intake of too much added dietary fat can be a problem for many reasons—including reasons involving unwanted inflammation. So it's pretty remarkable to find a culinary oil that's repeatedly been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties and provide health benefits in the area of unwanted inflammation. Yet that's exactly the research track record that describes extra virgin olive oil.

The anti-inflammatory strength of olive oil rests on its polyphenols. These anti-inflammatory compounds include at least nine different categories of polyphenols and more than two dozen well-researched anti-inflammatory nutrients. Research has documented a wide variety of anti-inflammatory mechanisms used by olive oil polyphenols to lower our risk of inflammatory problems. These mechanisms include decreased production of messaging molecules that would otherwise increase inflammation (including TNF-alpha, interleukin 1-beta, thromboxane B2, and leukotriene B4); inhibition of pro-inflammatory enzymes like cyclo-oxygenase 1 and cyclo-oxygenase 2; and decreased synthesis of the enzyme inducible nitric oxide synthase.


Olive Oil also has digestive health benefits

Digestive Health Benefits

Benefits of olive oil for the digestive tract were first uncovered in research on diet and cancers of the digestive tract. Numerous studies found lower rates of digestive tract cancers—especially cancers of the upper digestive tract, including the stomach and small intestine—in populations that regularly consumed olive oil. Studies on the Mediterranean Diet were an important part of this initial research on olive oil and the digestive tract. Protection of the lower digestive tract (for example, protection of the colon from colon cancer) is less well-documented in the olive oil research, even though there is some strongly supportive evidence from select laboratory animal studies. Many of these anti-cancer effects in the digestive tract were believed to depend on the polyphenols in olive oil and their antioxidant plus anti-inflammatory properties. One particular category of polyphenols, called secoiridoids, continues to be a focus in research on prevention of digestive tract cancers.

Recent research has provided us with even more information, however, about olive oil, its polyphenols, and protection of the digestive tract. One fascinating area of recent research has involved the polyphenols in olive oil and the balance of bacteria in our digestive tract. Numerous polyphenols in olive oil have been shown to slow the growth of unwanted bacteria, including bacteria commonly responsible for digestive tract infections. These polyphenols include oleuropein, hydroxytyrosol, and tyrosol. Some of these same polyphenols—along with other olive oil polyphenols like ligstroside—are specifically able to inhibit the growth of the Helicobacter pylori bacterium. This effect of the olive oil polyphenols may be especially important, since overpopulation of Helicobacter bacteria coupled with over-attachment of Helicobacter to the stomach lining can lead to stomach ulcer and other unwanted digestive problems.


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Does Inflammation Play a Role in Autism?

The Inflammation-Autism Link


Writing in Psychology Today, psychiatrist Emily Deans, M.D. notes:

"The reason no one has been able to find a specific pathological cause or cure [for autism] is because it is multifactorial -- it seems that a combination of genetic, environmental, neurological, and inflammatory factors contribute to the development of autism."

She then goes on to highlight what she calls "the best evidence of the actual inflammatory damage" that leads to autism, which is a 2005 study by Johns Hopkins University researchers. Russell Blaylock, M.D. also noted this landmark study in his article "The Danger of Excessive Vaccination During Brain Development: The Case for a Link to Autism Spectrum Disorders:"


"In the Vargas et al study … they examined the brains of 11 autistics from age 5 years to 44 years of age dying without active infectious diseases as compared to age matched controls. That is, they found widespread activation of inflammatory cells (microglia and astrocytes) in the brains of the autistic patients. This explains the widespread brain damage seen in all autism cases.

This study was one of the most carefully conducted, extensive examinations of the immune reactions in the autistic brain ever done and involved immunocytochemistry, cytokine protein assays and enzyme-linked immunoascorbant assays of the brain tissue. They also performed similar assays of spinal fluid from an additional six living autistic patients, which confirmed the intense immune activation and inflammation."

Along with the finding that brain inflammation is common in autistic patients, the disease has also been labeled an autoimmune disease by some, and inflammation is a well-known hallmark of autoimmune disorders.


http://articles.mercola.com/sites/artic ... utism.aspx
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Re: Olive Oil for Inflamation and the Autism Link

Postby Josie » Fri Jan 30, 2015 6:11 am

According to this article consuming a moderate amount of olive oil daily over the long term may lessen chronic inflammation throughout the body and bloodstream.

What Is Oleocanthal and How Can It Help You?

An article published by Philadelphia researchers in the September 2005 issue of Nature identified a compound in olive oil called oleocanthal that has anti-inflammatory action. Their studies revealed that this compound can act like ibuprofen and other anti-inflammatory medications.

Olive oils differ widely in the amount of oleocanthal they possess. To get an idea of how oleocanthal-rich your olive oil of choice is, researchers suggest taking a sip of the oil to "see how strongly it stings the back of the throat." The stronger the sting, the more oleocanthal the oil contains. Fifty grams (nearly a quarter of a cup of olive oil) provides the same amount of anti-inflammatory action as 10 percent of the standard adult dose of ibuprofen.

Obviously, eating enough olive oil to equal a whole dose of ibuprofen is not a practical way to decrease your inflammation and pain. But consuming a moderate amount of olive oil daily -- in place of most of the other fat you typically consume -- over the long term may lessen chronic inflammation throughout the body and bloodstream. It might even somewhat diminish asthma and rheumatoid arthritis symptoms.

Future research will probably tell us more about olive oil's function in battling oxidation, inflammation, and all the multiple diseases and health conditions associated with them.

http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellnes ... il-ga3.htm

Here is more information on the health benefits of olive oil

Health benefits of olive oil

◾Olive oil has distinct flavor and taste. Unlike many other oils, which are extracted from nuts and seeds, the olive is obtained from the olive berries and hence, carries large amounts of plant-derived anti-oxidants, phyto-sterols, and vitamins.


◾Olive oil is recognized as one of the healthiest edible oils since it contains less saturated fats. Additionally, it composes linoleic (omega-6) and linolenic acid (omega-3) essential fatty acids at recommended 8:1 ratio.


◾The oil is high in calories. Its high-calorie content is because of its fats. However, it is especially rich in mono-unsaturated fatty acids (MUFA) like oleic acid (18:1) and palmitoleic acid (16:1) that help in lowering LDL or "bad cholesterol" and to increase HDL or "good cholesterol" in the blood. Research studies suggest that Mediterranean diet, which is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids help to prevent coronary artery disease and strokes by favoring healthy blood lipid profile.


◾Olive oil, especially extra virgin, contains tyrosol phenolic compounds such as oleuropein and oleocanthal. These compounds are responsible for its bitter, and pungent taste. Oleocanthal, oleurpein, and its derivative hydroxytyrosol are nature’s most powerful anti-oxidants. Together with vitamin E and carotenoids, they play a vital role fighting against cancer, inflammation, coronary artery disease, degenerative nerve diseases, diabetes…etc.


◾Studies suggest that oleocanthal has ibuprofen (NSAID) like ant-inflammatory activities. Mediterranean diet that uses olive oil may be responsible in part for the low incidence of coronary artery disease.


◾Being a vegetable source, it has very high levels of plant sterols, especially β-sitosterol. The FDA has approved the following claim for phytosterols: "Foods containing at least 0.4 gram per serving of plant sterols, eaten twice a day with meals for a daily total intake of at least 0.8 gram, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease". Phyto-sterols competitively inhibit cholesterol absorption in the gut, and thereby can reduce total cholesterol levels by 10% to 15%.


◾Olive oil is rich in vitamin E. 100 g fresh extra-virgin oil contains 14.39 mcg (about 96% of RDA) of alpha-tocopherol. Vitamin E is a powerful lipid soluble antioxidant, required for maintaining the integrity of cell membrane of mucus membranes and skin by protecting it from harmful oxygen-free radicals.


◾In addition, extra-virgin oil is also a very good source of vitamin K; 100 g provides about 50% of DRI. Vitamin K has a potential role in the increase of bone mass by promoting osteotrophic activity in the bone. It also has established role in Alzheimer's disease patients by limiting neuronal damage in the brain.




http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/olive-oil.html

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Re: Olive Oil for Inflammation and the Autism Link

Postby Josie » Sun Feb 08, 2015 3:58 am

Findings in this study suggest olive oil has neuroprotective effects and could be used as a therapeutic substance to treat depression and anxiety, and it supports the use of olive oil for mood elevation.

Role of Monoaminergic System in the Etiology of Olive Oil Induced Antidepressant and Anxiolytic Effects in Rats

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3725699/

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Re: Olive Oil for Inflammation and the Autism Link

Postby Josie » Fri Feb 13, 2015 1:50 am

According to this website Olive Oil is a good remedy for constipation. It is Gentle, Safe and Nutritive (Unlike Mineral Oil).


A Healthy Gastrointestinal Tract


Constipation can be a complex, multi-faceted problem to solve. It is not just the colon that is involved. The overall gastrointestinal tract may be performing in a sub-optimal manner.

We already covered in a separate article the fact that a malfunctioning gallbladder could, for instance, participate in constipation by not producing enough bile.

A deficient stomach, not secreting enough hydrochloric acid, will start off the whole digestion cascade in a less-than-ideal way.

A backed-up, congested liver - stressed out by food excesses, medication or chemical pollutants - will not be able to secrete enough bile to detoxify your whole system.

The bottom line is this: if you have a tendency toward constipation, you need to worry about the health of your overall gastrointestinal tract. Don’t take things piecemeal and just focus on colonic transit. Ensure they whole digestion process is running fine.

Olive oil for constipation will provide multiple benefits to most, if not all organs involved in digestion.

Stomach

Olive oil may help protect against stomach ulcer and stomach cancer(1).

Researchers have shown that phenolic compounds of olive oil can stay stable for several hours in the very acidic environment of the stomach. In vitro, those compounds have shown an ability to combat Helicobacter pylori, a bacteria that can cause stomach ulcers and cancer.

According to an epidemiology study regarding H. pylori in the US(2), H. pylori infection was present in 52% of the participants. Its presence is often symptomatic and can wreak havoc in the stomach. Olive oil may play a role in keeping H. pylori at bay.

Gallbladder

Olive oil stimulates the gallbladder to release more bile. Bile helps us to digest fats. That is why olive oil, particularly when taken alone (say by the teaspoonful), can provide such a gallbladder stimulation when it enters the duodenum.

A side benefit is that bile, as a liquid, keeps your stools moister. It is also slightly irritating to the gut mucosa, providing a stimulus for stools movement.

Liver

The bile is stored and dehydrated in the gallbladder to make it more potent. But the liver is responsible for making it. If the liver is malfunctioning, overloaded, or subject to oxidative stress, it will not perform properly and may not make enough bile.

A long list of studies demonstrated that olive oil protects the liver against oxidative stress (reference (3) is one example). All of those studies were performed on rats, but the results are so consistent that the following can be safely stated:

Olive oil protects your liver against oxidative stress.

Colon

We know the critical role of the colon in the genesis of constipation. But we also know that inversely, constipation can be harsh to the colon and create multiple issues (fissures, hemorrhoids, etc). In other words, constipation is a significant stress to the colon.

Olive oil has a protective effect on the mucosa of the colon. Some studies(4) have shown that olive oil may help in the fight against colorectal cancer, the phenols of olive oil inhibiting several stages in colon carcinogenesis in vitro.

Bottom line

Olive oil for constipation is nutritive and brings multiple benefits to your whole gastrointestinal apparatus. Welcome it into your constipation remedies toolkit.




http://www.constipation-remedies-for-al ... ation.html

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Re: Olive Oil for Inflammation and the Autism Link

Postby Josie » Mon Mar 02, 2015 10:57 pm

My son continues to do well with extra virgin cold pressed olive oil as a supplement. Giving him too much at one time makes him hyperactive, so I give one teaspoon with breakfast, one with lunch and one teaspoon with his dinner and then sometimes a teaspoon with his evening snack. I think the amount needed is different for each child or adult. 3 or 4 teaspoons per day works for him.

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Re: Olive Oil for Inflammation and the Autism Link

Postby kulkulkan » Mon Mar 02, 2015 11:31 pm

Josie wrote:My son continues to do well with extra virgin cold pressed olive oil as a supplement. Giving him too much at one time makes him hyperactive, so I give one teaspoon with breakfast, one with lunch and one teaspoon with his dinner and then sometimes a teaspoon with his evening snack. I think the amount needed is different for each child or adult. 3 or 4 teaspoons per day works for him.


What changes do you see?

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Re: Olive Oil for Inflammation and the Autism Link

Postby Josie » Tue Mar 03, 2015 6:27 am

He is happier and he does not get angry as easily as he did before. He smiles more and changes in routine are not as difficult for him. When his worker comes to do math, reading etc. at home he smiles and has better attention. He sleeps more soundly and doesn't wake as easily. He is happier and appears to be less stressed.

It is difficult to believe that something this simple could make this much change in him but it is the only thing I have added to his diet that is different, and the longer he takes it the better he becomes.

Olives and olive oil are both food and medicine.

http://www.homeoint.org/hompath/articles/629.html

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Re: Olive Oil for Inflammation and the Autism Link

Postby Josie » Sat Apr 04, 2015 5:02 am

Here is another possible reason why olive oil is helping my son feel better. Extra virgin olive oil has strong antibacterial effects against eight strains of H. pylori. Please remember, extra virgin olive oil is great on salads and cooked food but should not be used as an oil for frying.

Extra virgin olive oil could help prevent and treat Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infections, which cause millions of cases of gastritis and peptic ulcer disease each year.

Previous studies have shown that natural foods such as green tea and cranberry juice inhibit the growth of H. pylori infections in the stomach lining. This is the first time that olive oil has been looked at in this context.
In laboratory cultures, the phenolic compounds in extra virgin olive oil had strong antibacterial effects against eight strains of H. pylori, including antibiotic-resistant strains. The compounds were also shown to be capable of remaining stable in the harsh acidic conditions of the stomach.


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Re: Olive Oil for Inflammation and the Autism Link

Postby Michaelfern » Thu Jul 27, 2017 6:23 am

Olive oil definitely makes for an effective remedy for inflammation as it is rich in monounsaturated fats (MUFAs). These MUFAs have anti-inflammatory properties. There is one specific compound in extra virgin olive oil, oleocanthal, which is particularly beneficial due to its anti-inflammatory. Though this natural remedy stands lower when compared to the commonly consumed medicine ibuprofen. But it is in olive oil having a minimum to no side effects that make it a better option.

Please read descriptively about olive oil's anti-inflammatory properties, other benefits and how it stands against avocado oil which can also be beneficial due to its anti-inflammatory properties here:
https://www.oliveoiltimes.com/olive-oil-health-news/powerful-anti-inflammatory-benefits-of-olive-oil/50581
http://www.foods4betterhealth.com/avocado-oil-vs-olive-oil-33867

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Re: Olive Oil for Inflammation and the Autism Link

Postby Marya » Sun Jul 30, 2017 10:51 am

Josie wrote:My son continues to do well with extra virgin cold pressed olive oil as a supplement. Giving him too much at one time makes him hyperactive, so I give one teaspoon with breakfast, one with lunch and one teaspoon with his dinner and then sometimes a teaspoon with his evening snack. I think the amount needed is different for each child or adult. 3 or 4 teaspoons per day works for him.

I've started giving it to my brother who is schizophrenic and myself as autistic, and we are both feeling better but we take it with other supplements like inulin and Super omega 3 which is high in EPA and DHA. Also I'm taking MSM. I wonder if you give your son any other supplements? And for how long it take to see the results from Olive oil?
Thank you so much for shraing your experience and for all those articles.

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Re: Olive Oil for Inflammation and the Autism Link

Postby CdB » Sun Jul 30, 2017 2:09 pm

Marya wrote:
Josie wrote:My son continues to do well with extra virgin cold pressed olive oil as a supplement. Giving him too much at one time makes him hyperactive, so I give one teaspoon with breakfast, one with lunch and one teaspoon with his dinner and then sometimes a teaspoon with his evening snack. I think the amount needed is different for each child or adult. 3 or 4 teaspoons per day works for him.

I've started giving it to my brother who is schizophrenic and myself as autistic, and we are both feeling better but we take it with other supplements like inulin and Super omega 3 which is high in EPA and DHA. Also I'm taking MSM. I wonder if you give your son any other supplements? And for how long it take to see the results from Olive oil?
Thank you so much for shraing your experience and for all those articles.


You should read this, dr abram hoffer healing schizophrenia. He used to treat many with high doses of Niacin.
http://www.orthomolecularvitamincentre. ... hrenia.php

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Re: Olive Oil for Inflammation and the Autism Link

Postby Marya » Sun Jul 30, 2017 8:51 pm

CdB wrote:
Marya wrote:
Josie wrote:My son continues to do well with extra virgin cold pressed olive oil as a supplement. Giving him too much at one time makes him hyperactive, so I give one teaspoon with breakfast, one with lunch and one teaspoon with his dinner and then sometimes a teaspoon with his evening snack. I think the amount needed is different for each child or adult. 3 or 4 teaspoons per day works for him.

I've started giving it to my brother who is schizophrenic and myself as autistic, and we are both feeling better but we take it with other supplements like inulin and Super omega 3 which is high in EPA and DHA. Also I'm taking MSM. I wonder if you give your son any other supplements? And for how long it take to see the results from Olive oil?
Thank you so much for shraing your experience and for all those articles.


You should read this, dr abram hoffer healing schizophrenia. He used to treat many with high doses of Niacin.
http://www.orthomolecularvitamincentre. ... hrenia.php

Thank you so much CdB for this. I've read half of that already and I'm very surprised! This is a new hope for my brother to recover.. will give him B3 soon. He is now on NAC, inulin, Super omega 3, and vitamin D along with his medications, he is feeling better but still not sociable and not confident.


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