Healthy elements and qualities of olive oil
Extra Virgin Olive Oil is healthy, because it is obtained through mechanical process instead of the chemical refinement that other oils undergo. For this reason it maintains all its properties. Extensive scientific research has proven recently that it is nutraceutical and, as a result, its healing and prevention components give it its medicinal value.
The right amounts of ω-3 and ω-6 (the same as in mother’s milk), several anti-oxidants, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergicand anti-viral compounds, make Extra Virgin Olive Oil, work to prevent and heal extensively in pathology:
- Cardiovascular system: lowers the systolic and diastolic blood pressure and prevents heart disease; decreases cholesterol, keeping in a good level the HDL (good cholesterol) that fights against the damages of LDL (bad cholesterol) responsible for thrombosis, stroke and heart disease.
- Diabetes: improves glucose metabolism, thus reducing the risk for type 2 diabetes.
- Obesity: lowers abdominal obesity and, according to recent research, low calorie diets rich in Extra Virgin Olive Oil, work as well as traditional diets do; this is explained through the satisfying feeling fullness after a meal.
- Tumours: active in prevention for certain types of cancer.
- Digestive system: contributes to a better digestion and metabolism functions, prevents gallbladder stones, protects the gastric mucous membrane and it has a laxative effect.
- Growth: positive effects on bone formation, skeleton development and general growth.
- Aging: works against the damaging effects of free radicals that cause age related tissue decline and Alzheimer’s disease.
Important studies all over the world, since the 1950’s have largely proven that Extra Virgin Olive Oil, the most prevalent and essential part of the Mediterranean Diet, is further beneficial when it is combined with any other constituent of the Mediterranean Diet, since it is associated with shaping our vital functions and aiding in the prevention of many health diseases in our days. Here are references to some of those important studies that you can easily find on the net:
- Lopez-Miranda J, et al., Olive oil and health: Summary of the international conference on olive oil and health consensus report, Jaén Córdoba (Spain) 2008, Nutr Metab Cardiovasc Dis (2010), doi: 10.1016/j.numecd.2009.12.007
- The ATTICA study; Greek European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and nutrition (EPIC) in, Eur Heart J (2004) 25 (6): 492-499.doi: 10.1016/j.ehj.2004.01.018 /and Am J Nutr 2004;80:1012-18
- The EPICOR Study: Dietary Glycemic Load and Index and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease in a Large Italian Cohort, in, Arch Intern Med. 2010 Apr 12;170(7):640-7. doi: 10.1001/archinternmed.2010.15