EVOO & Health
Fats belong to the 3 macronutrients essential for human life and make up a great part of our body. We wouldn’t be able to absorb vitamins A, D, E and K without fats in our diets.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil contains monounsaturated fats good for our health, as they help fighting stress, reducing mood swings and mental fatigue and even manage our body weight.
It is also rich in polyphenals, which act as antioxidants, reducing oxidative stress in the whole body. The more concentration of polyphenals, the better is the quality of Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
Many more benefits are connected to the consumption of Extra Virgin Olive Oil:
The heart naturally deteriorated with age. Spanish researchers have recently found that the endothelial function of the arteries in elderly people can be improved with the consumption of monounsaturated fats, such as Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil can help reduce both systolic and diastolic pressure. A study confirmed that 4 spoons of Olive Oil a day reduced the need of medicines for blood pressures in the patients.
Many studies demonstrated that daily assumption of 2 spoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil help reduce total cholesterol and triglyceride.
It has been demonstrated that oleocanthal, a polyphenal contained in the Extra Virgin Olive Oil, has the potential to reduce the cognitive decline connected with ageing, included Alzheimer. The polyphenals, powerful antioxidants found in Extra Virgin Olive Oil, even help fight oxidative stress linked with ageing.
According to Spanish researchers from the University of Navarra and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, a diet rich in Extra Virgin Olive Oil can help prevent mental illness, including depression.
A study conducted in France showed that the risk of stroke is about 41% lower in participants who cook with and consume olive oil compared to those that don’t use it.
Studies show up that Extra Virgin Olive Oil combined with Mediterranean diet helps prevent dangerous forms of skin cancer. Antioxidant properties of Extra Virgin Olive Oil help in fact fight oxidation caused by sun rays.
Consumption of Extra Virgin Olive Oil can help improve bone mineralization and calcification. It helps the body absorb calcium, which has a key role in preventing osteoporosis, aiding in strenghtening the bones.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil helps regulate blood sugar and improve insulin sensivity. A Mediterranean diet rich in Extra Virgin Olive Oil can reduce the risk of type II diabetes of almost 50% compared to a low fat diet.
Fat is important in satiey we feel after eating and helps stimulating the gastrocolic reflex, and ease digestion of the food we eat. Extra Virgin Olive Oil is an example of dense, nutrient fat which helps us feel fuller.