Prevention of heart diseases: the remarkable effect of olive oil and red wine

A study shows that increased consumption of hydroxytyrosol, a phenolic compound found in large quantities within virgin olive oil and red wine, is associated with a significantly decreased risk of cardiovascular diseases and of premature death. Download the column

Richard Béliveau

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Toxicity is an important problem for human health. The human body has a limited capacity to neutralize toxins, whether they originate from nature, food or drugs. According to a stunning, recent study in the prestigious journal Nature, the solution to these toxicity problems could come from the humble earthworm which has, in its intestines, a sophisticated defense system which keeps it protected against toxic molecules from plants. Download this column