Reduce Your Risk of Cancer, Alzheimer’s, Diabetes with Olive Oil
Olive oil has a major place in the Mediterranean diet, and the principal aspect of this diet includes proportionally high consumption of olive oil. Olive oil contains a very high level of monounsaturated fats, most notably oleic acid, which studies suggest may be linked to a reduced risk of coronary heart disease. There is also evidence that the antioxidants in olive oil improve cholesterol regulation and reduce LDL (bad cholesterol) levels, and that it has other anti-inflammatory effects.
Olive oil is a type of fat extracted from the olive tree which is a traditional tree from the Mediterranean basin. It is produced by crushing whole olive fruits before the oil is extracted. The health benefits of olive oil are wide, a reason why it has been named the Mediterranean miracle.
Types of Olive Oil
Olive oil is used in the cosmetics industry, cooking, pharmaceuticals and even in the making of soaps (such as Castile soap). Olive oil exists in a variety of grades depending on processing. For instance, extra virgin olive oil is considered the premium type. It is produced from the first crushing of olive fruits and is extracted through cold-pressing whereby no chemicals are added. Virgin oil is the second variety, obtained from the second pressing of the fruits and is considered the second-best type. Refined olive oil is obtained from refined virgin olive and it has an acidity level of over 3.3%.
The oil contains phenolic antioxidants, terpenoid and squalene which are all anti-cancer compounds. The oil also has oleic acid which prevents chronic inflammation and reduces the damage fr Continue reading