Olive Oil

Health Benefits of Greek Olive Oil

Busting Myths about the Health Benefits of Olive Oil

The Cretan diet increases longevity and reduces the risk of heart disease. These health benefits are mainly due to extra virgin olive oil. In fact, the health benefits of olive oil – which result from its unique phytonutrient composition – are hard to beat!

But these health benefits are not found in just any old olive oil: the quality of the oil is crucial, and good quality extra virgin olive oil made from the Koroneiki olive and other varieites of intrinsically high polyphenol content is especially healthy.

Just 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil per day helps to prevent:

  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Blood clots
  • Certain cancers (breast, respiratory tract, stomach, large bowel, pancreas, prostate and skin); (olive oil might even slow progression of some already established cancers)
  • Peptic ulceration
  • Osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Neurodegenerative diseases: Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s
  • Depression

Regular intake of of extra virgin olive oil also helps

  • Weight loss
  • The health of the liver, kidney and pancreas
  • Lower cholesterol and the ratio of ´┐Żbad (LDL):good (HDL) fats’
  • Remove bad fats from blood vessels walls
  • Reduce oxidative stress and inflammation & has anti-ageing effects on skin
  • Olive oil also has antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties and may reduce HIV transmission

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