Mediterranean diet ingredient may extend one's life expectancy

on 26 February 2020
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Scientists have discovered that the fat is more likely to be the holy grail that extends life, not the previously thought resveratrol in red wine but the story doesn't end there . . .

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The Research: 

Researchers at the University of Minnesota Medical School discover a potential new way in which diet influences ageing-related diseases.

Doug Mashek, PhD, a professor in the Departments of Medicine and Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics, leads a team of researchers who discovered that olive oil in the Mediterranean diet may hold the key to improving lifespan and mitigating ageing-related diseases. Over the last eight years, with the help of multiple grants from the National Institutes of Health, their research findings were recently published in Molecular Cell.

Early studies on the diet suggested red wine was a major contributor to the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet because it contains a compound called resveratrol, which activated a certain pathway in cells known to increase lifespan and prevent ageing-related diseases. However, work in Mashek's lab suggests that it is the fat in olive oil, another component of the Mediterranean diet, that is actually activating this pathway.

According to Mashek, merely consuming olive oil is not enough to elicit all of the health benefits. His team's studies suggest that when coupled with fasting, limiting caloric intake and exercising, the effects of consuming olive oil will be most pronounced.

"We found that the way this kind of fat works is it first has to get stored in microscopic things called lipid droplets, which is how our cells store fat. And then, when the fat is broken down during exercising or fasting, for example, is when the signalling and beneficial effects are realized," Mashek said.

The next steps for their research are to translate it to humans with the goal of discovering new drugs or to further tailor dietary regimens that improve health, both short-term and long-term.

"We want to understand the biology, and then translate it to humans, hopefully changing the paradigm of healthcare from someone going to eight different doctors to treat his or her eight different disorders," Mashek said. "These are all ageing-related diseases, so let's treat ageing."

Story Source:

Materials provided by the University of Minnesota Medical School. Originally written by Angel Mendez. Note: Content may be edited for style and length.

Journal Reference:

Charles P. Najt, Salmaan A. Khan, Timothy D. Heden, Bruce A. Witthuhn, Minervo Perez, Jason L. Heier, Linnea E. Mead, Mallory P. Franklin, Kenneth K. Karanja, Mark J. Graham, Mara T. Mashek, David A. Bernlohr, Laurie Parker, Lisa S. Chow, Douglas G. Mashek. Lipid Droplet-Derived Monounsaturated Fatty Acids Traffic via PLIN5 to Allosterically Activate SIRT1Molecular Cell, 2020; 77 (4): 810 DOI: 10.1016/j.molcel.2019.12.003

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University of Minnesota Medical School. "Mediterranean diet ingredient may extend life: Olive oil in the diet may also help mitigate ageing-related diseases." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 21 February 2020. <>