Olive Oil Might Have Protective Effect Against Air Pollution
Olive oil supplements produce cardiovascular effects that could protect healthy people from vascular endothelial dysfunction related to exposure to particulate matter in the air, a new study shows.
Endothelial dysfunction is a risk factor for cardiovascular events and progression of atherosclerosis.
“For people living in areas with pollution levels above the EPA standard, something very easy, like a dietary supplement, could offer some protection,” said Haiyan Tong, MD, PhD, research biologist at the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
She presented the research here at the American Thoracic Society 2014 International Conference.
Dr. Tong and her colleagues evaluated how protective olive oil and fish oil are against the reduction in flow-mediated dilation of the brachial artery that results from exposure to concentrated ambient particulate matter.
American Thoracic Society (ATS) 2014 International Conference: Abstract 55100. Presented May 19, 2014.
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