Virgin olive oil promotes wound healing – More benefits of virgin olive oil from the University of Jaén
Scientists at the University of Jaén (UJA) have described that ‘squalene’, one of the main minor components of virgin olive oils, has positive effects on wound healing and tissue repair.
The study published in the journal ‘Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine’ explains that virgin olive oil has positive effects on macrophages, immune cells that play an important role in recovery and healing.
The UJA Professor of Immunology and researcher responsible for the study, José Juan Gaforio, explained that two types of macrophages are involved in wound healing, the so-called M1 and M2. The former are pro-inflammatory in nature and the latter anti-inflammatory. The latter effects are vital for the definitive resolution of wounds. “Basically, squalene enhances the anti-inflammatory effects of macrophages, which would help in the last stages of wound resolution and healing”, indicated José Juan Gaforio in a note.
In this research, together with Gaforio, Cristina Sánchez Quesada and Alicia López Biedma, researchers from the Immunology Area and the Centre for Advanced Studies in Olive Groves and Olive Oils of the UJA, as well as Estefanía Toledo, researcher at the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health of the University of Navarra.