Olive Oil and Brain Health: Neuroprotection and Cognitive Function

A special issue of Nutrients (ISSN 2072-6643). This special issue belongs to the section "Phytochemicals and Human Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 5 October 2024 | Viewed by 306

Special Issue Editors

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue of Nutrients is dedicated to the crucial role that olive oil plays in maintaining brain health, particularly in neuroprotection and cognitive function. Olive oil, a vital component of the Mediterranean diet, is well known for its numerous health benefits, many of which are attributed to its high concentration of monounsaturated fats and bioactive compounds. Recent research has suggested that olive oil may play a role in preventing neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease, and enhancing cognitive function. This Special Issue invites contributions that will deepen our understanding of these relationships, ranging from molecular studies to clinical trials. We seek original research, comprehensive reviews, and short communications that shed light on how olive oil consumption affects brain health. The key topics include, but are not limited to,

  • The impact of bioactive components of olive oil (such as oleocanthal) on neuroinflammatory pathways.
  • Olive oil and its role in preventing or slowing the progression of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson’s disease.
  • Effects of olive oil consumption on cognitive function, memory, and learning in various populations.
  • Mechanistic insights into the interaction of olive oil components with brain cells and structures.
  • Olive oil in diets: correlations with cognitive decline prevention and brain health maintenance in aging populations.
  • Comparative studies on different types of olive oil (e.g., extra virgin and virgin) and their specific effects on brain health.

Dr. Paula Silva
Dr. Giulia Accardi
Guest Editors

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  • olive oil
  • neuroprotection
  • cognitive function
  • brain health
  • neurodegenerative diseases
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • bioactive compounds
  • Mediterranean diet
  • nutritional neuroscience aging and cognition

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