Olive Oil

SOME DISEASES OLIVE OIL HAS BEEN FOUND TO BE EFFECTIVE AGAINST

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.

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