Health benefits of extra virgin oil

Health benefits of extra virgin oil


Olive oil, according to a recent Oxford University study, contains essential fatty acids similar to that found in human milk.  It is highly recommended for the elderly as it aids in the assimilation of minerals and vitamins.  It stimulates bone mineralization, thus preventing calcium loss.

Results of a study of people living in southern Greece suggest that eating hearty amounts of olive oil and cooked vegetables may reduce the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis. One tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil provides eight percent of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin E, a natural antioxidant.

An olive oil rich diet may also help to prevent or delay the onset of diabetes by preventing insulin resistance and ensuring better blood sugar level control.Polyunsaturated and mono-unsaturated fats can lower blood cholesterol levels, which in turn can prevent arteriosclerosis. According to a new study published in the November 2005 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, phenolic compounds found in olive oil may help explain the cardiovascular health benefits associated with the Mediterranean Diet. Phenolics are plant-based compounds believed to have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anticlotting properties that are found in higher concentrations of extra virgin olive oil. In this study researchers found an improvement in the functioning of the thin lining of small blood vessels, and in the concentrations of certain components of blood serum, after study subjects consumed a polyphenol-rich meal.

Although more studies are needed to confirm these results these findings may help to explain some of the heart health benefits associated with the Mediterranean diet.

Source: Journal of the American College of Cardiology Nov. 15, 2005

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