olive oil is good for your heart

Olive Oil Reduces Cardiovascular Problems Associated with Diabetes

Taking three tablespoons of virgin olive oil a day reduces the cardiovascular problems associated with diabetes, according to a study by a group of researchers from the Institute of Biomedical Research of Malaga (IBIMA) recently published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry.

The study found that taking small doses of hydroxytyrosol usually decreases, and may even prevent, vascular inflammation or vasculopathy associated with diabetes mellitus. Hydroxytyrosol is a type of phenolic compound with high antioxidant capacity found naturally in olives and olive oil. Read more

Anti-Inflammatory Benefits of Olive Oil

Powerful Anti-Inflammatory Benefits of Olive Oil

Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) contains more than 36 phenolic compounds. Although all of the phenolic compounds in EVOO have known beneficial effects, one specific compound in particular, known as oleocanthal, has been discovered to have powerful natural anti-inflammatory benefits.

In fact, oleocanthal exhibits the same anti-inflammatory response in the body as NSAID ibuprofen, acting down the exact same pathways as a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory. Oleocanthal has been shown to stop the inflammatory cascade by inhibiting both cyclooxygenase-1 (COX-1) and cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) inflammatory enzymes in a dose-dependent manner. Read more

Olive Oil is for Athletes

In many ways, an athlete’s best nutrient friend should be extra virgin olive oil. This ancient edible oil has at long last re-emerged to beat the pretenders, vegetable oil and canola oil. One reason is because olive oil is an unprocessed ancient method of squeezing this amazing fruit. The result is a fruit juice that happens to be oil. But it is much more; something that has served the health and well being of mankind for 6,000 years. By 400 BC Hippocrates wrote extensively of the health benefits of olive oil. Read more