How your salad can protect your brain

I can't for the life of me figure out people who dump thick dressings onto their salads.

Most of them are loaded with sugars... heavy in calories... and so overpowering that they hide the great taste of the veggies.

All a decent salad really needs is some olive oil and a splash of balsamic vinegar, and you'll enjoy maximum taste with minimal sugars.

And, according to one new study, you'll get some pretty powerful benefits, too -- because it found that olive oil can actually help PREVENT one of the deadliest forms of cancer.

It's brain cancer -- or two words you never, ever want to hear from a doctor.

Thankfully, it's much less common than many other forms of cancer, in part because your brain actually has a defense mechanism to stop tumors from forming.

It all gets a little complicated here with terminology that sounds like something out of a Star Wars flight manual... but stick with me.

What creates that defensive shield is a cell molecule called miR-7 -- but since nothing's perfect, there are times when it goes AWOL, usually because of a protein called MSI2.

MSI2 can shut down production of the cancer-fighting molecule, allowing tumors to take hold.

In experiments on human brain cells, however, the oleic acid in olive oil was able to intercept and block MSI2 from cutting off that miR-7, allowing the protein to keep fighting off cancer cells, so tumors couldn't form in the brain.

This could be a major breakthrough -- especially because we are standing on the cusp of what may turn out to be a brain cancer crisis.

The mainstream will tell you there's nothing to worry about. It has claimed that the brain cancer rate has been holding steady in recent years, despite the widespread use of cellphones.

But that's not quite true.

Some forms of the disease have been holding steady... and some have even been decreasing... and that's why they get away with making that claim.

But OTHER forms of the disease, including deadly glioblastoma, have been on the RISE.

Yet somehow, the mainstream says you shouldn't be worried about holding a small, poorly-shielded device right next to your head and letting it shoot electromagnetic radiation right into your brain.

Someday, people will ask: "What the heck were they thinking?"

Today, you need to do what you can to cut that risk. If there's even a chance that olive oil can help, I'd call it a good reason to boost your intake.

After all, that's hardly the only benefit.

Olive oil can fight inflammation, block the damage of pollution, and protect arteries and your heart. It's also one of the key reasons folks who follow the Mediterranean diet have a lower risk of both heart attack and stroke.

Don't go for the cheap stuff here.

For the highest levels of essential antioxidants and other nutrients, do yourself a favor and pay a little more for high-quality extra-virgin olive oil.