Health Benefits of Olive Oil: A Must Read

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Goodmorning everyone. Hope you are all doing great. I apologized for my non-consitency over time, please forgive me. I have been so busy with some online engagements which takes away a greater chunk of my time. Once again, my apologies. Today, i bring to your knowledge some of the health benefits of olive oil. As you read along, try to jot down the vital points. Thank you


The health benefits of olive oil are unrivaled, and research
reveals more benefits nearly every day. In fact, we are
only just beginning to understand the countless ways olive
oil can improve our health, and our lives. Olive oil is the
cornerstone of the Mediterranean diet — an essential
nutritional mainstay for the world’s longest-living cultures.
Many of the health-promoting effects of the
Mediterranean diet have been attributed to olive oil
consumption.

Replacing butter and other less healthy fats with olive oil
has been shown to aid in the prevention of a myriad of
diseases and counter effects of aging. One prominent
cardiologist recommends at least two tablespoons of extra
virgin olive oil each day to enjoy the many ways olive oil
can be beneficial to your health and well being. Olive oil
benefits are so extensive that it is considered a functional
food with components that contribute to its overall therapeutic qualities including a reduction of risk factors of coronary heart disease, the prevention of cancers, and alterations of immune and inflammatory responses.

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Some Diseases Olive Oil Has Been Found to Be Effective
Against includes:

CANCER
The phytonutrient in olive oil, oleocanthal, mimics the
effect of ibuprofen in reducing inflammation, which can
decrease the risk of breast cancer and its recurrence.
Squalene and lignans are among the other olive oil
components being studied for their possible effects on
cancer.

HEART DISEASE
Olive oil lowers the levels of total blood cholesterol, LDL-
cholesterol and triglycerides. At the same time it does not
alter the levels of HDL-cholesterol (and may even raise
them), which plays a protective role and prevents the
formation of fatty patches, thus stimulating the
elimination of the low-density lipoproteins.

OXIDATIVE STRESS
Olive oil is rich in antioxidants, especially vitamin E, long
thought to minimize cancer risk. Among plant oils, olive oil
is the highest in monounsaturated fat, which doesn’t
oxidize in the body, and it’s low in polyunsaturated fat, the
kind that does oxidize.

BLOOD PRESSURE
Recent studies indicate that regular consumption of olive
oil can help decrease both systolic and diastolic blood
pressure.

DIABETES
It has been demonstrated that a diet that is 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.

OBESITY
Although high in calories, olive oil has shown to help
reduce levels of obesity.

RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS
Although the reasons are still not fully clear, recent studies
have proved that people with diets containing high levels
of olive oil are less likely to develop rheumatiod arthritis.

OSTEOPOROSIS
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.

OLIVE OIL DIET REDUCES RISK OF TYPE 2 DIABETES
Traditionally a low-fat diet has been prescribed to prevent
various diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. While
studies have shown that high fat diets may increase the
risk of certain diseases such as cancer and diabetes, it
appears that it is the type of fat that counts rather than the
amount of fat. We now know that a diet rich in
monounsaturated fats
such as the ones found in olive oil, nuts and seeds actually
protects from many of these chronic diseases.
A study published in the scientific journal DiabetesCare
showed that a Mediterranean style diet rich in olive oil
reduced the risk of type II diabetes by almost 50 percent
compared to a low fat diet. Type II diabetes is the most
common and preventable form of diabetes.

Source : http://www.oliveoiltimes.com/olive-oil-health-benefits

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