Health benefits of extra virgin olive oil

Health benefits of extra virgin olive oil

Extra virgin olive oil is a staple of the highly regarded Mediterranean diet. Decades of research on the nutritional qualities arising from its high antioxidants and monounsaturated fats have produced a wealth of information on its effects against aging and numerous health conditions. On-going research uncovers new benefits almost on a daily basis. Extra virgin olive oil

  • lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease, including stroke and heart disease, by lowering blood pressure, total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and triglycerides
  • reduces the risk of certain cancers
  • helps control blood sugar levels and type 2 diabetes
  • may lower depression risk
  • may improve cognitive function
  • may protect against Alzheimer’s disease
  • may improve bone health
  • may reduce chronic inflammation associated with many health conditions