Senior citizens consuming diet rich in olive oil have  lower risk of developing  stroke, compared to those who  do not.   For five years, French researchers at the National Institute of Health and Medical Research in Bordeaux, France studied more than 7,000 people over 65 residing in three cities, Bordeaux, Dijon and Montpellier.

The participants were divided into groups, according to their olive oil consumption, ranging from those who did not use it at all to those who used it in cooking, dressings and on bread.

During the course of the study 148 participants experienced a stroke.

When the researchers analyzed the data, after adjusting for factors such weight, physical activity, and diet, they determined that the “intensive” olive oil users had a 41 per cent lower risk of having  stroke compared to those who had no olive oil consumption.

The findings were published in Neurology, the medical publication of the Academy of Neurology.

Study author, Cecilia Samieri noted, “Our research suggests that a new set of dietary recommendations should be issued to prevent stroke in people 65 and older.

“Stroke is so common in older people and olive oil would be an inexpensive and easy way to prevent it.”

Source: Yahoo news