If you are following a Mediterranean diet, you probably got used to olive oil. Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) is a part of the diet because it contains many benefits.
Studies found EVOO possess an ability to lower inflammatory markers in the blood due to the strong concentration of phytonutrients (especially polyphenols). There are also studies showing an inverse correlation between olive oil intake and decrease risk for heart disease.
Olive oil is known for its high percentage of monounsaturated fat. When diets low in monounsaturated fat increase the monounsaturated fat content by replacing other oils with olive oil, people tend to experience a decrease in their total blood cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and LDL:HDL ratio.
There is also an study showing an inverse correlation between high consumption of olive oil and reduction of blood pressure.
Several of the polyphenols found in olive oil appear to protect our blood platelets and avoid clumps.
A well-known feature of the Mediterranean Diet is better cognitive function. A recent study in France on older adults has shown that visual memory and verbal fluency can be improved with regular use of olive oil intake.
Some of the polyphenols found in olive oil also have been shown to slow the growth of bacteria in the stomach. This benefit may produce a reduction of stomach ulcer.
Note: all the studies suggested that the benefits of olive oil could be seen in people following a healthy diet.
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