Health benefits of EVOO
The health benefits of extra virgin olive oil have long been reported with some suggesting that the ‘liquid gold’ could be the reason for the longer life expectancies of the Mediterranean population.
Here are just a few of the health benefits associated with extra virgin olive oil.
Good for your heart
Many studies have suggested that consuming a Mediterranean diet significantly reduces your risk of heart disease. Extra virgin olive oil is a staple of the Mediterranean diet and reaerch suggests that it could help to protect against heart disease in several different ways.
In addition, extra virgin olive oil has been linked to lowering blood pressure, which is one of the strongest risk factors for heart disease and premature death.
Type 2 Diabetes
Studies have suggested that extra virgin olive oil has beneficial effects on blood sugar and insulin sensitivity. In one study, a Mediterranean diet with olive oil reduced the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by over 40%.
Olive oil contains vitamin E, carotenoids and phenolic compounds. These are all powerful antioxidants and are said to help lower the creation of damaging free radicals in the body.
There is increasing evidence that olive oil intake may help improve the amount calcium in the blood, which can have a positive effect on bone density.
Extra-virgin olive oil has been found to mimic the effect of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. The main anti-inflammatory effects are mediated by the antioxidants. Key among them is oleocanthal, which has been shown to work in a similar way to ibuprofen.
There are also studies suggesting that oleic acid itself, the main fatty acid in olive oil, can reduce levels of important inflammatory markers like CRP.
Emotional as well as physical health benefits
According to recent research, olive oil could have emotional, as well as physical health benefits.