olive oil & health
Oleocanthal is a phytonutrient found in olive oil. It has the ability, like an Ibuprofen, to reduce inflammation, which can reduce the risk of breast cancer and its recurrence. Other olive oil components are suspected to reduce cancer risk, among them are squalene and lignans.
Olive oil has been proven to lower the level of total blood cholesterol.LDL-cholesterol and triglycerides without altering the levels of HDL-cholesterol, which has a protective feature and prevents the formation of fatty patches, thus stimulating the elimination of the low-density lipoproteins.
Rich in antioxidants and especially in Vitamine E, olive oil is the highest plant oil in monounsaturated fat, which doesn't oxidize in the body. It is also low in polyunsaturated fat, the kind that oxidizes.
Recent studies indicate that regular consumption of olive oil can help decrease both systolic and diastolic blood pressure.
It has been proven that a diet rich in olive oil, low in saturated fats, moderately rich in carbohydrates and soluble fiber from fruit, vegetables, pulses 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 high in calories, olive oil has shown to help reduce levels of obesity.
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 calcification. It helps calcium absorption and so plays an important role in aiding sufferers and in preventing the onset of osteoporosis.
Studies have shown that the oleocanthal in extra virgin olive oil can reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease and the cognitive decline that comes with aging. Olive oil polyphenols are known to be powerful antioxidants which may help reverse oxidative damage that occurs in the aging process.
Olive oil contains many nutrients that can inhibit or kill harmful bacteria. One of these is Helicobacter pylori, a bacteria that lives int he stomach and can cause stomach ulcers and stomach cancer.
source: oliveoiltimes.com , authority nutrition.com