10 Amazing Health Benefits of Olive Oil
1. The monounsaturated fatty acids in olive oil can lower your low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and total cholesterol levels.
Donald Hensrud, M.D., “If Olive Oil Is High in Fat, Why Is it Considered Healthy?” Mayo Clinic. Feb. 25, 2014.
2. If you take a cholesterol medication like Atorvastatin, putting olive oil on salads will boost your heart attack and stroke prevention efforts.
Lisa Collier Cool, “The Oil That Helps Prevent Heart Attacks.” Yahoo! Health. May 23, 2014.
3. Adding olive oil to nitrate-rich vegetables like spinach and broccoli can help lower your blood pressure.
Elena Paravantes, “Add Olive Oil to Vegetables to Lower Blood Pressure.” Olive Oil Times. May 22, 2014.
4. Replacing saturated fats with olive oil can reduce breast, respiratory tract, upper digestive tract and colorectal cancer risks.
“What’s New and Beneficial about Extra Virgin Olive Oil.” The World’s Healthiest Foods.
5. Unlike other dietary fatty acids, the oleic acid in olive oil helps regulate insulin secretion and minimize blood sugar spikes after meals.
Sarah Kenwright, “Olive Oil May Offer Diabetes Protection.” Chemistry World. April 8, 2014.
6. Olive oil’s oleocanthal may reduce your Alzheimer’s disease risk by producing proteins and enzymes that remove abnormal amino acids from your brain.
American Cancer Society, “Explaining How Extra Virgin Olive Oil Protects Against Alzheimer’s Disease.” Science Daily. March 20, 2013.
7. Because olive oil helps you be strong emotionally, it can reduce your chances of developing depression.
Shraddha Rupavate, “Top 10 Benefits of Olive Oil.” In Light Times. April-May 2014.
8. Extra virgin olive oil may relieve your arthritis symptoms by lowering the C-reactive protein and other chemicals associated with inflammation.
Laura Dolson. “The Wonders of Olive Oil.” About.com Low-Carb Diets. June 5, 2014.
9. Antioxidants in olive oil can heal your internal cells and improve your appearance by protecting your skin from damage.
Jacque Wilson, “5 Things You May Not Know About Olive Oil.” CNN. Feb. 26, 2013.
10. Swallowing a teaspoon of olive oil before breakfast will line your intestinal wall and relieve constipation.
Traci D. Mitchell, “10 Healthy Foods That Relieve Constipation and Help You Poop.” Get Fit Chicago. Feb. 23, 2014.