Zee Media Bureau
Washington: Scientists have claimed that Olive oil could help reverse a patient's heart failure immediately.
Oleate - the fat found in the golden liquid - could help a diseased heart pump blood more effectively and use body fat as fuel, revealed researchers at the University of Illinois.
However, the study also found that animal fats, found in butter may make heart disease worse.
Scientists made their findings based on previous studies which show that a healthy heart absorbs fat to keep pumping, but if damaged the muscle can no longer process or store far - starving it of energy.
This means the heart is unable to work hard enough, and toxic fat deposits are left to clog up arteries.
Scientists believe that oleate helps the body produce enzymes which break down fat so the heart is once again able to absorb it.
Douglas Lewandowski of the University of Illinois in Chicago said : “These genes are often suppressed in failing hearts, so the fact that they can restore beneficial gene expression, as well as more balanced fat metabolism, plus reduce toxic fat, is just by supplying hearts with oleate is a very exciting finding.”
Sadly, there is no way or method to reverse heart disease at the moment, except a combination of medication and lifestyle changes that help patients manage their symptoms and keep their condition stable.
The study was published in the journal 'Circulation'.
(With Agency Inputs)