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Benefits of Olive Oil

Besides the delicious taste of olive oil, there are plenty of healthful reasons to enjoy the finest olive oils.

Will be able to explore the vast world of nutrition?  Nutrition impacts virtually every aspect of our lives. Think about it, when your body is properly nourished, don’t you have a more productive, accomplishing, and fulfilling day? Proper nutrition can prevent or lessen diseases, conditions, and problems. We really can have a lot of control in our lives if we make the proper choices. A healthy lifestyle includes choosing the right foods and following an exercise plan.  Once you have done this properly, you will reduce your stress levels, sleep better, and feel great!  So, go ahead and explore our extra virgin olive oil – your first step to a better and more fulfilling life.

Olive oil is an integral part of the “Mediterranean diet” which is associated with sensible tasty portions and slower, more enjoyable eating. People who eat a “Mediterranean diet” have been shown to have a remarkable variety of health benefits. Olive oil can quickly satisfy hunger and lead to fewer total calories ingested at mealtime. Most doctors advocate lowering total fat and calories in your diet, and substituting butter, margarine and tropical oils with healthy fats like olive oil.

Olive oil is cholesterol free and also does not contain trans fat, salt, sugar, or gluten, making it a highly nutritious and beneficial daily staple. In addition, olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fat;  it lowers bad cholesterol (LDL) without affecting good cholesterol (HDL). Saturated and trans fats — such as butter, animal fats, tropical oils and partially hydrogenated oils — do exactly the opposite.

Medical experts also report these essential properties give olive oil health benefits. It is know to help protect against heart disease, aid in the digestion process, reduce inflammation, assist with controlling diabetes and weight gain and aids in healthy aging.

Extra virgin olive oil is one of the few oils that can be eaten without chemical processing. Fresh pressed olive oil can be eaten immediately and retains the natural flavours, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other healthy products of the ripe olive fruit.

 

The Antioxidant Activity of Polyphenols Has Shown Promising Results with Respect to:

Atherosclerosis

Oxidized low-density lipoproteins (LDL) contribute to the progression of human atherosclerosis. Antioxidants have been shown to prevent LDL modification. The beneficial effects of a Mediterranean diet may be defined by the unique antioxidant properties of its phenolic compounds.

Antimicrobial Activity

Olive polyphenols have been demonstrated to inhibit or delay the rate of growth bacteria such as Salmonella, Cholera, Staphylococcus, Pseudomonas, and Influenza in vitro. These data suggest a potential role of olive water polyphenol antioxidants in promoting intestinal and respiratory human and animal wellness, and as an antimicrobial food additive in pest management programs.

Cancer

There is a growing body of evidence that reactive oxygen species are involved in the etiology of fat-related neoplasm, especially in patients suffering from predisposing inflammatory conditions where high quantities of reactive oxygen are produced. Recent studies have shown that the abundant phenolic antioxidant fractions of olive oil have a potent inhibitory ability on reactive oxygen species associated with colon and breast pathologies.

Skin Damage and Photoprotection

The skin damage produced by overexposure to sun rays and environmental stress is related to the destructive activity of free oxygen related radicals produced by skin cells. Polyphenolic components of olive oil have been compared to traditional antioxidants, such as tocopherols, used by the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industry to prevent skin damage. Results show polyphenols as having the highest activity as radical scavengers.

 

Make olive oil a delicious, nutritious addition to your diet.