Beneficios del Aceite de Oliva Virgen Extra

Benefits of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Many studies have proven how important the consumption of Extra Virgin Olive Oil is for our health. The FDA (Food and Drug Administration, USA), allows producers to label this product as a beneficial product for the heart.

Among the beneficial properties which Extra Virgin Olive Oil has for our health, we can highlight the following: It helps reduce cholesterol and has anti-inflammatory properties. Several studies suggest that it can help prevent different types of cancer (for example, breast cancer), obesity and type 2 diabetes, as a part of a healthy and balanced diet.

According the study carried out by the FDA, monounsaturated fats are digested, absorbed and assimilated before polyunsaturated and saturated fats, which means that it spends less time in the bloodstream, which helps prevent the formation of atherosclerosis. Added to this, after the intake of monounsaturated fats, the blood flow improves, which helps prevent the formation of blood clots.

Fighting arthritis

According to the tests conducted by a group of researchers on the effect of some minor compounds in the Extra Virgin Olive Oil, such as squalene, beta-sitosterol and hydroxytyrosol, indicate the possible anti-inflammatory power of Extra Virgin Olive Oil, which can help fight rheumatic diseases such as arthritis, and at the same time, reduce the intake of medication related to these diseases, improving the patients’ health and lifestyle.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil and its benefits against cancer

Several studies indicate that oleic acid and monounsaturated fats found in Extra Virgin Olive Oil may help reduce the risk of cells being affected by oncogene, the gene that turns a healthy cell into a cancerous one.

The polyphenols found in the Extra Virgin Olive Oil could be the reason of all the cardiovascular benefits which Extra Virgin Olive Oil has. 

Minor compounds in the Extra Virgin Olive Oil such as flavonoids, squalene and polyphenols may also protect the organism against cancer. Flavonoids and polyphenols are antioxidants that can help prevent cell damage caused by free radicals.

Diabetes prevention

In the Extra Virgin Olive Oil we can find monounsaturated fatty acids which help keep sugar and glucose levels stable in the blood, which could reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Beneficios del aceite de oliva

Source: US Food and Drug Administration. For more information, please visit their website by clicking here.