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Key Olive Oil Benefits for your Health

18 July, 2018 Benefits, Discover Olive Oil, Features

Key Olive Oil Benefits for your Health

The olive oil benefits for health, are undeniable!

The consumption of olive oil on a daily basis contributes to a healthy heart by helping to lower blood pressure, the risk of heart attack and the risk of type 2 diabetes as well as reduceing the risk of some cancers.

The daily use of olive oil in food brings undeniable benefits to health, being advised, as a minimum daily consumption, an amount equivalent to two or three tablespoons.

From the earliest times, peoples and civilizations of the Mediterranean basin, used olive oil not only as food, but also as medicine.

Currently the scientific community worldwide has developed research that constantly reveals the multiple benefits of olive oil, identifying, analyzing and demystifying each component.

Of the various types of olive oil, the following characteristics apply only to Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Virgin Olive Oil, “particularly in oils obtained by cold pressing techniques”.

Oleuropein, and its derivatives hydroxytyrosol and aglycone oleuropeína, are compounds responsible for the intense bitter taste in green olives.

The oleocantal is responsible for the stinging or burning sensation. It contains strong anti-inflammatory properties, assimilated to that of the known anti-inflammatory ibuprofen.

Here are some of the key benefits of olive oil in health:

Beneficial effect Molecules responsible
Decreases the risk of heart attack Studies with individuals over 65 years old have shown that heavy consumption of olive oil greatly reduces the risk of having a heart attack Oleic acid Phytosterols
Decreases risk of type 2 diabetes It has been proven that diets rich in monounsaturated fatty acids protect against the development of chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes Squalene
Hydroxytyrosol
Decreases the levels of “bad” cholesterol – LDL – and plasma triglycerides The increase in the consumption of olive oil, associated with the reduction of consumption of saturated fats and trans fats, contributes substantially to the decrease of LDL values Oleic acid
Phytosterols
Polyphenols
Contributes to maintenance of a “young” heart Diets rich in olive oil, or monounsaturated fats, substantially improve arterial function Squalene
Oleic acid
Lowers blood pressure Several scientific studies contribute to the conclusion that regular consumption of olive oil reduces the incidence of hypertension Polyphenols
Decreases the risk of osteoporosis Laboratory studies have demonstrated efficacy in combating the effects of osteoporosis, namely by maintaining calcium levels and biochemical markers associated with bone metabolism Polyphenols
Protective effect against depression Studies with volunteers have shown that the Mediterranean diet in general, and olive oil in particularly decreased the risk of depression and improve emotional “health” Fatty acids
Provides protection against the development of metabolic syndrome The development of a set of factors that increase the risk of death from cardiovascular disease may be attenuated by the adoption of a Mediterranean diet associated with regular consumption of olive oil Polyphenols
Oleic acid
Reduces the risk of some types of cancer Laboratory tests have shown the positive effects of bioactive compounds present in olive oil against the development of various types of cancer Oleocan
Hydroxytyrosol
Squalene
Lignanas
Helps maintain cognitive functions Recently, olive oil has been associated with beneficial effects that counteract the cognitive decline resulting from aging Polyphenols
Triterpenic Acids and Alcohols

The daily consumption of Olive Oil also promotes:

  • a higher concentration of the satiety hormone, serotonin, in the blood;
  • their fatty acids are said to be beneficial in immune functions;
  • has a protective and regenerative effect on the skin;
  • and its use in substitution of the consumption of polysaturated fats, substantially reduces the oxidative stress and associated cellular degenerative processes.

Source:

http://www.iniav.pt/fotos/editor2/beneficios_do_azeite_para_a_saude.pdf

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  1. […] A daily consumption (of two or three tablespoons) helps with heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, cancer, weight loss…see more,here! […]

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