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OLIVE OIL
HEALTH BENEFITS

The health benefits of olive oil are unrivaled, and research reveals more benefits nearly every day.
Olive oil is the cornerstone of the Mediterranean diet, an essential nutritional mainstay for the world's longest-living cultures.

Some diseases olive oil has been found to be effective against

Anti-Carcinogenic

Scientific studies have shown that monounsaturated fats and phenols found in olive oil help the body neutralise free radicals, thereby reducing the possibility of the occurrence of various types of cancer.

The phytonutrient in olive oil, oleocanthal, mimics the effect of ibuprofen in reducing inflammation, which can decrease the risk of breast cancer and its recurrence. Squalene and lignans are among the other olive oil components being studied for their possible effects on cancer.

A new study has proven that an ingredient in extra virgin olive oil can kill cancer cells. The researchers discovered that oleocanthal caused cancer cells to break down and die very quickly; within 30 minutes, instead of the 16 to 24 hours it takes for programmed cell death, known as apoptosis.

Source: Olive Oil Times

Heart Benefits

Olive oil lowers the levels of total blood cholesterol, LDL-cholesterol and triglycerides. At the same time it does not alter the levels of HDL-cholesterol (and may even raise them), which plays a protective role and prevents the formation of fatty patches, thus stimulating the elimination of the low-density lipoproteins.

Olive oil helps the heart function properly. According to international surveys that have been carried out, two tablespoons of olive oil a day significantly reduce the risk of death from cardiovascular disease.

Source: Olive Oil Times

Extra Virgin Olive Oil Can Reduce Oxidative Stress

Olive oil is rich in antioxidants, especially vitamin E, long thought to minimize cancer risk. Among plant oils, olive oil is the highest in monounsaturated fat, which doesn’t oxidize in the body, and it’s low in polyunsaturated fat, the kind that does oxidize.

A new study has revealed that extra-virgin olive oil can protect the liver from oxidative stress. However, extra virgin olive oil and hydrophilic fraction intake induced a significant increase in antioxidant enzyme activity and a decrease in markers of liver damage.

Source: Olive Oil Times

Lowering Blood Pressure

Two tablespoons of phenol-rich EVOO can be effective in lowering blood pressure, according to a University of California at Davis Olive Center review. The study indicate that regular consumption of olive oil can help decrease both systolic and diastolic blood pressure.

Other studies found that Olive Oil with a high phenolic content was more effective in lowering either systolic or diastolic blood pressure in comparison to sunflower oil, soybean oil, or refined olive oil with low phenol content.

Source: Olive Oil Times

Protect from Diabetes

It has been demonstrated that a diet that is rich in olive oil, low in saturated fats, moderately rich in carbohydrates and soluble fiber from fruit, vegetables, pulses and grains is the most effective approach for diabetics. It helps lower “bad” low-density lipoproteins while improving blood sugar control and enhances insulin sensitivity.

Traditionally a low fat diet has been prescribed to prevent various diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. While studies have shown that high fat diets may increase the risk of certain diseases such as cancer and diabetes, it appears that it is the type of fat that counts rather than the amount of fat. We now know that a diet rich in monounsaturated fats such as the ones found in olive oil, nuts and seeds actually protects from many of these chronic diseases.

Source: Olive Oil Times

Protective Against Obesity

A recent study in eight European countries has shown that children who consume a Mediterranean diet were less likely to be overweight. Although high in calories, olive oil has shown to help reduce levels of obesity.

The results of the study conducted by Dr. Gianluca Tognon from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden were first presented at the European Congress on Obesity.

Source: Olive Oil Times

Anti-Rheumatoid Arthritis

Although the reasons are still not fully clear, recent studies have proved that people with diets containing high levels of olive oil are less likely to develop rheumatiod arthritis.

A recent published study suggest that regular consumption of olive oil may reduce the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis. According to the authors of the study, the people on diets containing high levels of olive oil had less risk of suffering this disease. The study found that the people who consumed less olive oil had 2.5 times more possibility of developing rheumatoid arthritis than those who consumed it more frequently.

Although the mechanism involved is not yet clear, antioxidants are suspected to exert a beneficial effect.

Source: Olive Oil Times

Protect Against Osteoporosis

Here's yet another reason to add olive oil to your diet. A recent article based on review of 37 scientific studies reports that the phenols in extra virgin olive oil may prevent loss of bone mass.

A high consumption of olive oil appears to improve bone mineralization and calcification. It helps calcium absorption and so plays an important role in aiding sufferers and in preventing the onset of Osteoporosis.

Source: Olive Oil Times

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