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Olive oil is derived from the fruit of the olive tree (Olea europaea). It is produced by pressing olives to extract the oil.
Olive oil positively influences the gut-brain axis by modulating the gut microbiota, maintaining gut barrier function, reducing inflammation, and providing neuroprotective effects. It promotes the growth of beneficial bacteria, protects the gut lining, lowers inflammation, and supports cognitive function. These effects may contribute to improved mental health and overall well-being. Including olive oil as part of a balanced diet can support a healthy gut-brain axis.
Olive oil's antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties may protect against chronic diseases. It can aid weight management by promoting satiety and be beneficial for brain health, potentially reducing the risk of cognitive decline. Olive oil supports digestive health and can help manage diabetes by regulating blood sugar levels and improving insulin sensitivity.
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