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Health Benefits of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

health benefits of extra virgin olive oil

You may include Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) in your cooking or recipes because you love the flavour, but did you know that some studies suggest that EVOO has a host of health benefits, too?* Here are just nine of them:

EVOO & Cardiovascular Health
Our olive oil is made from the heart, but it can also help yours. Yes, olive oil can help combat heart problems. Chronic inflammation is a major cause of cardiovascular disease and olive oil is an effective way to reduce the risk of all of these.

There are a number of cardio protective properties within EVOO – well documented over hundreds of years. Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant qualities – only found in EVOO – have all shown to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. These properties include oleocanthal, hydrotyrosol, tyrosol, and oleuropein. Olive oil is more than just an ingredient; it’s healthy living on a number of levels.

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EVOO and the Digestive System
It is vital we look after our digestive system. It turns food into energy and keeps everything running smoothly. It has a lot on its plate. So, we should do everything we can to make sure we eat the right stuff on ours. Olive oil is a good place to start.

Its anti-inflammatory qualities help to reduce internal inflammation and increase nutrient absorption. There is also research that shows olive oil may help to fight against many digestive tract cancers. Smooth olive oil, that keeps everything else running smoothly.

EVOO and Inflammation

Stiff joints and aches – the joys of growing old. These are often unavoidable growing pains. We are all likely to experience them at some point. But finding an effective solution can make life much easier. Luckily, EVOO’s anti-inflammatory qualities have been proven to do this.

Properties like Oleocanthal – only available in Extra-Virgin Olive Oil – can help reduce the pain of arthritis and ease the breakdown and maintenance of bones. It is said to share the same pain-relieving effect as ibuprofen. It’s no wonder why it’s becoming more and more popular.

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EVOO and Mental Health

Everyone wants to boost brain power. But as we get older, our memory gets a little slower and cognitive ability begins to fade. Our olive oil is full of nutrients that help preserve memory and improve how we learn.

The chemical compound, Oleocanthal – only found in EVOO – also helps wipe out proteins associated with Alzheimer’s Disease. It’s an oil with endless qualities for both taste and wellbeing.

Improves Blood Cholesterol Levels

Olive oil is a type of monounsaturated fat. When these are substituted for saturated fats, they can help to reduce LDL cholesterol – which is basically bad cholesterol.

High levels of cholesterol can be worryingly dangerous. These levels often develop fatty deposits in our blood cells, subsequently increasing the risk of heart disease. Olive oil is a great way to balance cholesterol levels – by reducing LDL cholesterol and increasing HDL levels (good cholesterol).

Olive oil is more than a kitchen staple; it’s a key ingredient to a healthy life.

EVOO and Diabetes

Type 2 Diabetes is characterised by the reduced effectiveness of insulin – the hormone that turns glucose into energy. It impacts everyday life and can be incredibly dangerous if not looked after properly. How does olive oil help?

EVOO aids glucose during metabolism. It also improves the sensitivity and effectiveness of insulin. In fact, research has shown that an EVOO based diet reduces the risk of Type 2 Diabetes by 13%. Impressive.

Boost Hair and Skin Health

EVOO is rich in Vitamin E (each tablespoon has approximately 1.9mg of Vitamin E). So what? Well Vitamin E is a fat-soluble antioxidant, which protects the body against skin problems. In doing so, it makes hair and skin much healthier. The antioxidants slow the aging process and provide a natural shine from the rich and enriching oil. It’s no wonder it’s used widely throughout the cosmetics industry.

EVOO is more than just a rich taste. These types of added health benefits are what makes it different from other ordinary oils.

Assist in Weight Loss

We know it sounds crazy, but recent research has shown Extra Virgin Olive Oil as beneficial for those trying to lose weight. Because it’s a natural oil, it provides a number of healthy properties, like antioxidants and monounsaturated fatty acids. Experts have highlighted that it’s very difficult to gain weight on a diet that consists of these types of acids.

When following a Mediterranean-based diet (lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains) EVOO has shown to make a real difference for those trying to lose weight. It’s a chance to eat delicious food and lose weight at the same time. What’s not to like?

Improves Bone Health

As we get older, our bones start to creek and our mobility fades. It’s a sad reality of life, but there are things that can slow down the process. Extra Virgin Olive Oil is one of them. Recent research has shown that the polyphenols in EVOO, may prevent bone loss with ageing.

Studies show that it can inhibit bone reabsorption (the breakdown of calcium) and increase bone formation. This research is still in its teething phases but the early signs bode well for yet another added health benefit.

Our EVOO-approved products are rich in polyphenols.

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*Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the FSA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Use only as directed. The information provided herein is intended for your general knowledge only and is not intended to be, nor is it, medical advice or a substitute for medical advice. If you have or suspect you have, a specific medical condition or disease, please consult your healthcare provider.