The 8 Very Healthy Reasons to Switch to Olive Oil
1) Olive oil reduces the of risk of cardiovascular diseases
In those Mediterranean countries where olive oil is consumed a lot, (such as Greece, Italy, and Spain), there is a low incidence of cardiovascular disease. The mild vegetable mucilage in olive oil helps protect your body’s digestive tract.
2) Olive oil has shown beneficial effect on ulcers and gastritis
Using olive oil as your main dressing oil helps to prevent constipation and in general maintains the digestive tract in good health. See #6 for increased benefit to colon.
3) Olive oil helps to reduce blood pressure
Studies show that Virgin Olive Oil might help with lowering and controlling cholesterol. After one week of taking olive oil daily (minus fatty foods), the blood tests showed that the participants had higher levels of phenol and Vitamin E in their bodies.
4) Olive oil eases or prevents diabetes
Olive oil provides a diet high in monounsaturated fat. Researchers in Spain published an article in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showing calorie-controlled diabetic diets high in monounsaturated fat do not cause weight gain and are more pleasing to eat than low-fat diets.
5) Olive oil lessens the severity of asthma or arthritis
Regular use of olive oil has been associated with lower rates of asthma and rheumatoid arthritis. The monounsaturated fats in olive oil are used by the body to produce substances which are relatively anti-inflammatory. By reducing inflammation, these fats can help reduce the severity of arthritis symptoms, and may be able to prevent or reduce the severity of asthma.
6) Olive oil can possibly help in the prevention of colon cancer
While most other fats are associated with an increased risk of colon cancer, olive oil is actually associated with a reduced risk of this disease. Olive oil contains 77% monounsaturated fatty acids, 14% saturated fatty acids, and 9% polyunsaturated fatty acids, plus vegetable mucilage and Vitamin E. Monounsaturated fatty acids are far less easily damaged by oxygen than other types of fat. They are therefore less likely to produce free radicals, which damage cell membranes and can cause Cancer.
7) Olive oil moisturizes skin and slower aging process
Olive oil is rich in vitamins A, B-1, B-2, C, D, and Iron. Most importantly, olive oil helps the body to maintain strong levels of vitamin E, which is a great helper in delaying the aging process. You can also use olive oil as face moisturizer since the healthy fatty acid existing in olive oil encourage soft and suppler skin.
8) Olive oil has overall anti-cancer benefits
Twenty-five studies on olive oil intake and cancer risk – including most of the large-scale human studies conducted up through the year 2010 – have recently been analyzed by a team of researchers at the Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research Institute in Milan, Italy. Firmly established by this research team were the risk-reducing effects of olive oil intake with respect to cancers of the breast, respiratory tract, upper digestive tract and, to a lesser extent, lower digestive tract (colorectal cancers). These anti-cancer benefits of olive oil became most evident when the diets of routine olive oil users were compared with the diets of individuals who seldom used olive oil and instead consumed diets high in saturated added fat, especially butter.
HOW BEST TO USE OLIVE OIL
Drinking fresh olive oil is best! I add a teaspoon or more to my smoothies. Use as a baking rub on meats, toss in vegetables after steaming. Experiment with this golden food from the gods!
HOW NOT TO USE OLIVE OIL
Heating olive oil in the cooking process loses it’s benefit. The olive oil needs to be ingested right from the bottle.
Find more benefits of Extra Virgin Olive Oil at WHFoods blog.
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