Olive oil may reduce cancer risk
The increased content of olive oil in squalene and phytosterols (eg, sitosterol) gives anticarcinogenic action. Specifically, the oil seems to reduce the risk of breast cancer due to its high content in oleic acid, which inhibits the activity of the oncogene IER-2/neu, which where detected in 30% of patients with breast cancer. The protective effect of olive oil is appeared to be extended against prostate cancer and colon cancer.
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