Olive Oil Health Benefits

The health benefits of Extra Virgin Olive Oil are extensive with new positive attributes discovered all the time. One prominent cardiologist recommends at least two tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil every day. In addition to bolstering the immune system and helping to protect against viruses, olive oil has been effective in fighting against diseases such as:

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. Malignant melanoma, the most dangerous of skin cancers, may be slowed down by consumption of olive oil, which is rich in antioxidants.
HEART DISEASE:
Olive oil helps lower levels of blood cholesterol leading to heart disease.
OXIDATIVE STRESS:
Olive oil is rich in antioxidants, especially vitamin E, long thought to minimize cancer risk. Among plant oils, olive oil is the highest in monounsaturated fat which doesn't oxidize in the body and it is low in polyunsaturated fat, the kind that does oxidize.
BLOOD PRESSURE:
Recent studies indicate that regular consumption of olive oil can help decrease both systolic and diastolic blood pressure.
DIABETES:
It has been demonstrated that a diet that is rich in olive oil, low in saturated fats, moderately rich in carbohydrates and soluble fiber from fruit, vegetables, pulses and grains is the most effective approach for diabetics.
OBESITY:
Although high in calories, olive oil has shown to help reduce levels of obesity.
RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS:
Recent studies have proven that people with diets containing high levels of olive oil are less likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis.
OSTEOPOROSIS:
A high consumption of olive oil appears to improve bone mineralization and calcification. It helps calcium absorption and so plays an important role in aiding sufferers and preventing the onset of osteoporosis.

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