Discover the Benefits of Olive Oil
At Una Bella Salute we believe in "Beautiful Health" and encourage its use in everyday diets.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil has been known for centuries to be very good for you in many ways. It is high in antioxidants and
is a "good" fat.
Below are some olive oil health facts.
Olive oil helps lower levels of blood cholesterol leading to heart disease.
The phytonutrient in olive oil, oleocanthal, mimics the effect of ibuprophen 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.
It has been demonstrated that a diet that is rich in olive oil, low in saturated fats, moderately rich in carbohydrates and soluable fiber from fruit, vegetables, 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.
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 rheumatoid arthritis.
A high consumption of olive oil appears to improve bone mineralization and clarification. It helps calcium absorption and so plays an important role in aiding sufferers and in preventing the onset of Osteoporosis.
According to a new study from France, older individuals who consume olive oil daily may be able to protect themselves from strokes. The results showed that the "intensive" users of olive oil, those that used for both cooking and dressings had a 41% lower risk of stroke compared to those that did not use olive oil at all.
Although high in calories, olive oil has shown to help reduce levels of obesity.
Olive oil is rich in antioxidants, expecially 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.
Recent studies indicate that regular consumption of olive oil can help decrease both systolic and diastolic blood pressure.