5 ways Extra Virgin Olive Oil can make you healthier
Extra Virgin Olive Oil is very good for you and one of the key components of the famously healthy Mediterranean diet.
The chemicals, nutrients and health giving components of Extra Virgin Olive Oil are well researched and conclusively proven. There are some complex and scientific terms, for your edification, here is the name and explanation of the five chemicals in olive oil most important to health.
The most commonly known in extra virgin olive oil is polyphenols, the main antioxidants which are so healthy for you.
Studies have shown that these antioxidant polyphenols are 'anti-ageing' as they help fight against age related diseases such as high blood pressure, heart disease and cholesterol, as well as certain types of cancer and having anti-inflammatory properties. You can find out a bit more about polyphenols in extra virgin olive oil here.
A phytonutrient which mimics the effect of ibuprofen, reduces inflammation, and decreases the risk of various cancers. It is believed that it is this polyphenol that gives the peppery taste or sensation from fresh, quality extra virgin olive oil.
VITAMIN E & k
Vitamin E is often a key call out in skin cosmetics as it is an antioxidant that protects the body against eye and skin problems. Extra virgin olive oil is a natural source of Vitamin E and in fact using it as a skin moisturizer or hair treatment will leave you with a radiant glow and soft skin. Vitamin K helps with absorption of calcium in the body and just one tablespoon of olive oil contains about 10% of the daily dose of vitamin K recommended for an adult.
LDL stands for 'low-density lipoproteins', sometimes known as 'bad cholesterol because they are the ones which build up and block your arteries. Extra virgin olive oil increases the resistance of LDL decreasing cholesterol and improving blood sugar control to help protect against diabetes.
Hydroxytyrosol is considered the most powerful antioxidant compound after gallic acid. This polyphenol helps protect the cells lining our blood vessels from damage caused by overly reactive oxygen molecules. Its regular consumption has several beneficial effects such as antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anticancer and as a protector of skin and eyes. The best part, hydroxytyrosol has a bioavailability of 99% so is easily integrated into our bodies.
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