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How olive oil mimics ibuprofen

And though it may have much in common with ibuprofen, don’t count on olive oil to cure a headache, adds Breslin. “In order to get a significant amount of oleocanthal, you’d need to drink 6 to 12 ounces of oil”—surely, trading one discomfort for many others.

Bottom line: Inflammation fighting might be key to olive oil’s health benefits—but don’t go gulping the stuff just yet. Most likely the good comes from daily, low-dose drizzles.
—Jenny Stamos



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