Better Health

It’s not just the flavour of Australian extra virgin
olive oil that’s so good.

The health benefits are numerous and studies have shown that people who consume a Mediterranean diet high in olive oil are found to have lower rates of heart and cardiovascular disease. Diseases olive oil has found to be effective against include :

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.

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.

Oxidative stress : Olive oil is rich in antioxidants, especially vitamin E, long thought to minimise cancer risk. Among plant oils, olive oil is the highest in monounsaturated fat, which doesn't oxidise in the body, and it's low in poly-unsaturated fat, the kind that does oxidise.

Osteoporosis : A high consumption of olive oil appears to improve bone mineralisation and calcification. It helps calcium absorption and so plays an important role in aiding sufferers and in preventing the onset of osteoporosis.

Source : Olive Oil Times www.oliveoiltimes.com