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Almighty Olives: These Small Fruits Pack Big Health Benefits

By Megan Hirt

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Looking for a simple (and delicious) way to keep your mind sharp? Offer your diet the olive branch! In addition to olives’ distinct flavors, these petite fruits offer impressive health perks.

The May/June 2009 issue of Psychology Today reports that the antioxidant hydroxytyrosol, abundant in olives, slows cell death in the brain and can thus reduce the incidence of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease. 

More olive insight from Psychology Today:

Pastas, pizzas and plenty of other Mediterranean pleasures often come packed with olives, but there are numerous other, easier ways to get more olives on your plate. Here’s a variety of recipes from Epicurious

 that are packed with olive goodness:

For more on keeping your brain in top form, read Aging and Brain Health: What Have You Been Learning Lately?.

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Megan Hirt is an Associate Editor for MOTHER EARTH NEWS. Find her on .