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.
An antioxidant and all-round good egg of a chemical.
Low-density lipoproteins improve blood sugar control and can help protect against diabetes.
This polyphenol helps protect the cells lining our blood vessels from damage caused by overly reactive oxygen molecules. Healthy blood vessels, healthy heart.
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