In celebration of the Absa Top 10 Olive Oil Awards, we decided to highlight 10 of the most important health benefits related to Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
Helps prevent heart disease:
Olive oil contains high levels (65 – 85%) of monounsaturated fatty acids which maintain the healthiest cholesterol balance. This is more than most cooking oils. A healthy cholesterol balance protects the heart and arteries from plaque build-up.
Helps fight cancer:
The high levels of polyphenols in EVOO are strongly antioxidant and fight the free radicals in our bodies. Excess free radicals cause oxidative stress and have been linked to many forms of cancer. The antioxidants also maintain the integrity of the oil by protecting it from oxidation.
EVOO is rich in Vitamins:
Extra Virgin Olive Oil is rich in Vitamins E, A, D and K. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant.
EVOO diet reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes:
The monounsaturated fat can benefit non-insulin dependent diabetics. 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
Helps reduce blood pressure:
Recent studies indicate that regular consumption of olive oil can help decrease both systolic and diastolic blood pressure.
May help prevent strokes:
Older individuals who consume olive oil daily may be able to protect themselves from a stroke, according to a new study from France. The results showed that the “intensive” users of olive oil, those that used for both cooking and dressings had a 41 percent lower risk of stroke compared to those that did not use olive oil at all. These results were noted even after considering weight, diet, physical activity and other risk factors.
Reduces levels of obesity:
Although high in calories, olive oil has shown to help reduce levels of obesity.
Helps fight osteoporosis:
Olive oil supplementation was found to positively affect the thickness of bones. Olive oil will not be the only solution in the continuing fight against postmenopausal osteoporosis but is a very promising candidate for future treatments of the disease.
May protect from depression:
Researchers recently discovered that a higher intake of olive oil and polyunsaturated fats found in fatty fish and vegetable oils was associated with a lower risk of depression. The findings suggested that cardiovascular disease and depression may share some common mechanisms related to one’s diet.
Found to help prevent skin cancer:
Another recent study found that olive oil, along with other components of a Mediterranean diet, may contribute to the prevention of malignant melanoma. The most dangerous type of skin cancer may be slowed down by consumption of olive oil, which is rich in antioxidants, the researchers found.
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