Since ancient times, the numerous beneficial properties of extra virgin olive oil have been revealed in all its uses, especially in food and skin care.
In recent years, various studies have corroborated these benefits… Decreased risk of cancer, decreased risk of developing cardiovascular disease, positive action in diabetes control, benefits against neurodegenerative diseases… etc.
These findings position EVOO as a superfood and the most powerful ally for our health.
Here are some reasons why you should include EVOO in your daily diet:
1. Cardiovascular Health:
Many of the beneficial properties of olive oil come directly from oleic acid.
The main benefit of oleic acid consumption is its protective nature of the cardiovascular system with several mechanisms: on the one hand it helps to reduce blood pressure and on the other it helps to reduce bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol.
2. Powerful Antioxidant and Neuroprotective:
EVOO is good for the brain, especially for older people. Hydroxytyrosol, a naturally occurring compound in EVOO, has antioxidant and neuroprotective properties.
3. Strengthen our defenses:
Olive oil offers two powerful weapons in the fight against bacterial resistance. Oleanolic acid and maslinic acid are two derivatives with enormous antimicrobial potential.
4. Lower risk of clotting in overweight people:
In healthy but obese adults, consuming extra virgin olive oil at least once a week has been associated with decreased platelet activity, which may reduce the tendency of blood to clot and block blood flow.
5. Positive effects on skin care:
Helps combat skin aging and improves skin luminosity. It is rich in vitamin E, a nutrient that prevents cell aging and the loss of elasticity and firmness of our skin. Thus:
– Prevents the appearance of expression lines and spots on the skin.
– Provides our skin with a bright and healthy appearance.
– Relieves our skin from the aggressions caused by oxidative stress and UV rays.
– Moisturizes even the deepest tissues of the skin, fighting dryness and the accumulation of dead cells.
6. Prevents Diabetes:
The oil, the olives and the olive leaves themselves contain oleouropein. Oleouropein is a component that reduces postprandial glycemia, or what is the same, blood glucose levels after meals.
The increase in postprandial blood glucose stimulates the production of insulin. And this, in the long term, facilitates the onset of the disease in predisposed people.
7. Reduces pain:
The consumption of olive oil is related to the production of certain neural substances called enkephalins that reduce pain. These compounds act like natural ‘opiates’ in the body.
8. Prevents Acute Pancreatitis:
Oleic acid and hydroxytyrosol, abundant in extra virgin olive oil, act on the cellular mechanisms involved in the development of acute pancreatitis, a disease with oxidative-inflammatory etiology.
9. Promotes wound healing:
Squalene, one of the main minor components of virgin olive oils, has positive effects on wound healing and tissue repair. This is due to its action on macrophages, immune cells that play a prominent role in these processes.
10. Improves Life Expectancy:
Extra virgin olive oil could be key to improving life expectancy and mitigating diseases related to aging. The effects of EVOO consumption are enhanced when combined with a lower calorie intake and physical exercise.
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