BENEFITS OF HEALTH
We are what we eat.
We've all heard this, and in the case of olive oil, it is really true. Olive oil is good for your heart health and is a great example to show why it is important for us to choose what we eat wisely.
Why Is Olive Oil Good For Your Heart?
To start with, olive oil has a good balance of mono saturate fats, which promote an increase in the levels ofHDL ("good" cholesterol) and a decrease in the levels ofLDL ("bad" cholesterol) for a healthier ratio of "good" to "bad" cholesterol. In addition, olive oil contains important bioactive components that are good for your heart health. These compounds include naturally occurring vitamin E, omega 3 (healthy essential fatty acids), and most importantly, polyphenols.
>From the renowned 7-Country Study in 60s to the more recent PREDIMED study published on the New England Journal of Medicine, medical research has firmly described an inverse link between extra virgin olive oil consumption and the manifestation of fatal cardiovascular incidents, such as strokes and myocardial infractions. The secret here lies in the fat composition of extra virgin olive oil.
Extra virgin olive oil’s rich content in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds appears to be linked to an extensive anticancer activity. Polyphenols and the rest of the antioxidants contained in EVOO shield
our system against oxidative stress while they neutralize free radicals. These important actions protect and enhance the function of our cells’ membranes thus lowering the chances of the development of certain types of cancer, including colorectal cancer, breast cancer, gastrointestinal cancer and respiratory tract neoplasm.
Anti-aging benefits and protection from chronic diseases
The anti-aging effect of extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) is attributed to its rich content in antioxidants which, among other things, protect cells from oxidative stress, active oxygen and free radicals.
While most of the oxygen we inhale is used for the production of energy in our system, there is a 2-3% which is converted in the so-called free radicals.
The latter when produced in large quantities and for a long period of time, expose our system to the so-called oxidative stress which speeds up the aging process and act as a precursor for several serious diseases. Evoo’s antioxidants make sure to tackle those free radicals, neutralizing that way their aging effects.
Proper function of the digestive system
Consumption of raw extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) appears to protect the gastrointestinal tract and largely facilitate the proper function of our digestive system.
Evoo’s polyphenols inhibit the growth of hostile towards our digestive tract bacteria, such as Helicobacter pylori bacterium, thus preventing the development of stomach ulcer, gastritis and several other particularly unpleasant diseases.
Pregnancy and childhood
A very specific combination of fatty acids is required for the proper development of embryos and neonates. Since several of those acids required are not produced in the embryos’ system, it is absolutely critical that a proper source of those nutrients is made available to them.
Equally important for the right fatty acid combination to be achieved is to make sure that the fetus or the neonate receives the fatty acids at the proper proportions.
For instance, proper analogy between ω-6 linoleic and ω-3 a-linoleic acid, two types of polyunsaturated fatty acids, is crucial for the normal development of the central and peripheral nervous system of the embryo.
Ideally, olive oil is characterized by a uniquely balanced polyunsaturated fatty acids composition
Scientific research has shown that olive oil has the same ratio of linoleic/a-linoleic (about 10:1) as breast milk, although very different than cow milk where only minor fractions of a-linoleic acid are typically found.
In addition, olive oil is a fine source of vitamin E which contributes to both the pre-natal and post-natal development of the embryo, while it protects it from the oxidative stress caused on entering an oxygen atmosphere.
For the above reasons, olive oil is widely suggested to be consumed by pregnants as well as by their children starting from their early childhood.