Benefits of extra-virgin olive oil: The Scientific Research.

There is evidence from epidemiological studies to suggest that a higher proportion of monounsaturated fats in the diets is linked with a reduction in the risk of heart coronary disease. This is because olive oil is considerably rich in monounsaturated fats, most notably oleic acid.

There is a large body of clinical data to show that consumption of olive oil can provide heart health benefits such as favourable effects on cholesterol regulation and LDL cholesterol oxidant, and that it exerts anti-inflammatory, anti-thrombotic, anti-hypertensive as well vasodilator effects.

  1. It's Natural! - Extra virgin olive oil is nothing but fruit juice extracted mechanically from olive fruit. There is no heat or chemicals used in the extraction process.
  2. Flavour – Certain olive varieties like the ‘Ogliarola Garganica’, used by Colletta Olivieri, are known for their mild flavour and olive oil pressed from these olives produces a smooth, mellow and buttery flavour, so it is also an ideal substitute for butter.
  3. Nutritional Value - vitamins E, K, and A as well as polyphenols, squalene, oleocanthol, triterpenes and hundreds more micronutrients make olive oil a healthy choice.
  4. Oleic Acid - oleic acid (omega 9) makes up 55 - 85 percent of the fatty acids in olive oil. Don't confuse this with the amount of free oleic acid which is the main factor used to determine the grade of the olive oil and the lower the better. It's great for your skin too. Oleic acid aids in keeping our arteries supple and helps prevent cancer.
  5. Hydrogenated Oils - olive oil is not hydrogenated oil. Hydrogenation creates dangerous trans-fats found in margarine and many other packaged foods.
  6. Heart Health and Cholesterol - extra virgin olive oil is high in polyphenols (a powerful antioxidant) and monounsaturated fat which contributes to lowering bad cholesterol.
  7. Cancer - researchers at the University of Oxford believe that olive oil may be just as effective in the prevention of colon cancer as fresh fruits and veggies. A diet rich in olive oil has been shown to reduce the incidence of colon, breast and skin cancers.
  8. Blood Pressure - Studies now indicate that extra virgin olive oil may help to lower blood pressure.
  9. Alzheimers - this disease is associated with the clogging of arteries caused by cholesterol and saturated fat. Replacing other fats with olive oil will reduce the risk.
  10. Gallstones - Olive oil promotes the secretion of bile and pancreatic hormones naturally and lowers the incidence of gallstones.

There are more olive oil benefits. It's great for skin and hair care, used in natural remedies, and is a much more versatile cooking oil than you may think.

Research now shows that olive oil is a major component of the Mediterranean diet’s health reputation.

Nutrition Notes are provided by the American Institute for Cancer Research in Washington, D.C.