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Olive Oil Contains Ibuprofen-like Chemical…Another Reason to Enjoy It!

By DrLaPuma 14 years agoNo Comments
Home  /  Aging and Costs of Aging  /  Olive Oil Contains Ibuprofen-like Chemical…Another Reason to Enjoy It!
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Oleocanthal is the name of the chemical in olive oil that provides pain relief–it works like ibuprofen (i.e., Advil, Motrin or generic).

Oleocanthal inhibits COX-1 enzymes, called cyclooxygenases, and cools inflammation and pain. The authors calculate that 3 tablespoons of olive oil would give about the equivalent pain relief of just 40 milligrams of ibuprofen. Not much, maybe, but very tasty.

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