Olive oil is a natural oil extracted from the fruit of olive trees and one of the mainstays of the Mediterranean diet. It may be beneficial in reducing heart disease, diabetes and other inflammatory conditions.
- Olive oil is rich in monounsaturated oleic acid. This fatty acid is believed to have many beneficial effects and is a healthy choice for cooking.
- Extra virgin olive oil is loaded with antioxidants, some of which have powerful biological effects.
- Olive oil contains nutrients that fight inflammation. These include oleic acid as well as the antioxidant oleocanthal.
- Several large studies demonstrate that people who consume olive oil have a much lower risk of stroke, the second biggest killer in developed countries.
- Extra virgin olive oil has numerous benefits for heart health. It lowers blood pressure, protects “bad” LDL cholesterol particles from oxidation and improves the function of blood vessels.
- Consuming olive oil does not appear to increase the likelihood of weight gain. Moderate intake may even aid weight loss.
- Some studies suggest that olive oil may combat Alzheimer’s disease, but more research is needed.
- Both observational studies and clinical trials suggest that olive oil, combined with a Mediterranean diet, can reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes.
- Preliminary evidence suggests that olive oil may reduce cancer risk, but further studies are needed.
- Olive oil can help reduce joint pain and swelling from rheumatoid arthritis. The beneficial effects are greatly increased when combined with fish oil.
- Extra virgin olive oil has antibacterial properties and has been found to be particularly effective against Helicobacter pylori, a type of bacterium that can cause stomach ulcers and stomach cancer.