As we wait for this new class of drugs to be released, let’s recall that GLP-1 is a chemical that the brain makes naturally. So how can we trigger our own production of GLP-1. Fat – specifically olive oil – has been shown to increase GLP-1.(2)
Not all fats are created equal. Fats have different lengths of their fatty acid arms. Thus, we often label fats as being short chain, medium chain, and long chain. Olive oil has long chains. Interestingly, some of the fats that we think of as healthiest, things like coconut oil and macadamia nut oil, have medium chains. The medium chain triglycerides don’t stimulate GLP-1 production.
The next time you’re making a salad dressing, or cooking Italian food, remember that a couple of spoonfuls of olive oil could be great for your brain!
By Heather Zwickey, PhD Heather is a BGF Medical Advisory Board member and Dean of Research at the National College of Natural Medicine. Follow Heather’s blog at www.heatherzwickey.org.
1 Hölscher C. Insulin, incretins and other growth factors as potential novel treatments for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. Biochem Soc Trans. 2014 Apr;42(2):593-9. doi: 10.1042/BST20140016. 2 Mandøe MJ, Hansen KB, Hartmann B, Rehfeld JF, Holst JJ, Hansen HS. The 2-monoacylglycerol moiety of dietary fat appears to be responsible for the fat-induced release of GLP-1 in humans. Am J Clin Nutr. 2015 Sep;102(3):548-55. doi: 10.3945/ajcn.115.106799. Epub 2015 Jul 15.