Olive oil is wonderful for cooking, but there are so many health benefits of olive oil. We will explore some of the health benefits of olive oil today and inspire you in new ways of using olive oil for your daily health.
Using olive oil in cooking may help prevent breast cancer. One of the natural compounds found in olive oil, oleuropein, is naturally found in olive leaves and has potential breast cancer fighting properties. There have been studies showing the possible correlation between olive oil consumption and breast cancer prevention. This article on BREASTCANCER.ORG shows some of the possible benefits.
Including olive oil in our diet may also help keep your blood sugar under control. There are many studies that show this to be true, including JAMA articles and NCBI articles, but this article on THEDIABETESCOUNCIL.COM probably spells out the benefits for diabetes prevention the best.
New research suggests that olive oil may help protect the brain from Alzheimer’s disease symptoms. Studies done on mice revealed changes in both cognitive performance and the appearance of nerve cells. Olive oil is a key component of the Mediterranean diet.
The oleocanthal that is found in olive oil can help prevent Alzheimer’s disease. In some studies extra virgin olive oil was found to improve both learning and memory in mice, supporting the possibility that the same might happen for people with Alzheimer’s symptoms. See this link for more information about Alzheimer’s disease prevention and olive oil.
We all link calcium to bone health, but did you know that olive oil can strengthen bones too!
Recent studies have shown that oleuropein, a compound that is found in virgin olive oil and other olive products, may help prevent age-related bone loss and osteoporosis by enhancing the production of osteoblasts, the cells responsible for bone formation. Read more about bone health and olive oil in this link.
Research has confirmed that the fatty acids and antioxidants in olive oil have major health benefits, especially for reduced risk of heart disease.
The reason olive oil is good for our hearts is that olive oil contains monounsaturated fatty acids. These are ‘good’ fatty acids compared to other fats, and they have been shown to create good health benefits. Review of studies on the physical effects of olive oil found that people who regularly consume olive oil are less likely to develop cardiovascular diseases, including hypertension, stroke, or have high blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels. You may read this article to find out more.
At Tastealotta we have a wide variety of olive oils to choose from, both for cooking and your health needs. Be sure to come into our store in Lemoyne, PA or visit our online store to view our wonderful selection of olive oils.