5 Benefits Of Olive Oil

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The health benefits of olive oil in the Mediterranean diet has become more than a novel observation. Clinical research is substantiating health benefits, but the gourmet tastes and flavors are bonuses well worth mentioning too. Highly favored as cooking oil, or for a variety of classic dressings, olive oil is being touted in some quarters as a delicious companion to good health.

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Research on the health benefits of olive oil is impressive, so are the effects of the Mediterranean diet. Here are the most important benefits of Olive Oil for our health.

1. Strokes

Benefits Of Olive Oil

Stroke is caused by a disturbance of blood flow to your brain, because of a blood clot or bleeding. In developed nations, stroke is the second most common cause of death, right behind heart disease. We have researched the relationship between olive oil and stroke risk.

A large review of studies in 841,000 people found that olive oil was the only source of monounsaturated fat associated with a reduced risk of stroke and heart disease (14Trusted Source). In another review in 140,000 participants, those who consumed olive oil were at a much lower risk of stroke than those who did not (15Trusted Source).

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Several extensive studies show that people who consume olive oil have a much lower risk of stroke, the second biggest killer in developed countries.

2. Cholesterol

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Compared to American cuisine, especially the snack and fast foods prevalent in the US, the Mediterranean Diet has intrigued the medical world. The European Journal of Clinical Nutrition has published findings that show the introduction of olive oil into our regular diet has showed a reduction in LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol).

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This is significant because once LDL cholesterol has oxidized it often results in artery rigidity and accompanying heart disease.

3. Cancer

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Researchers at Oxford University in England have seen indications that olive oil may actually be as good for our digestive system as fresh fruit and vegetables in preventing or reducing the incidence of colon cancer.

While red meat seems to be linked to the development of colon cancer, fish and olive oil seemed to reduce the incidence of colon cancer. The reasons behind this phenomenon are still being considered, but I believe it that olive oil may help regulate the bile acid in the stomach while increasing useful enzymes within the stomach that contribute to optimal colon health.

4. Heart Health

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While replacing animal fats with healthier alternatives such as olive or vegetable oil is a firm step toward improved cardiovascular health, it’s hardly the be-all and end-all. Good heart health also includes physical activity, a balanced diet, and, ideally, visits with a doctor to stay on track.

Olive oil is a simple way to replace unhealthy, saturated, and trans-fatty acids of animal fats with a source of omega-3 fatty acids that reduce inflammation and improve cholesterol,” Hirsh told Healthline. “I have also associated it with improved vascular function, heart health, and survival

5. Blood Pressure

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By substituting virgin olive oil for other fats within your diet, the Archives of Internal Medicine shows a substantial reduction in drug dosage requirements for the management of high blood pressure. Initial findings show dosage reductions could be as high as 50%. By lowering the level of LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) there is an increase of HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol).

The antioxidant effects of olive oil have also been widely reported and are effective in reducing free radicals within the body that may prove to be a causal agent in pre-cancerous and cancerous growth.

They may find additional health benefits of olive oil in a Mediterranean diet which explores the varied uses of olive oil in both food preparation and additional balanced meal choices. Combined, olive oil and food choice seem to enhance the overall health of those subscribing to the Mediterranean diet. While studies remain ongoing, it is encouraging to note that something that has long been noted2 for good taste may also be a link to positive health benefits and longevity of life. An adaptation of the Mediterranean diet may be a healthy, yet palatable change well worth considering.


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