health benefits of olive oil

The Health Benefits of Olive Oil

July 1, 2021

Olive oil is the most common oil used and it’s easy to see why. It’s simply the juice of the olive fruit with the water removed by centrifuge, creating an unrefined, all-natural product without the use of chemicals or heat. It can be used for everything from cooking to skincare products. But how much do you really know about the health benefits of olive oil? 

Weight Loss

Plant polyphenols found in olive oil mimics the effects of calorie restrictions in the body. It also is a high source of monounsaturated fats and medium-chain triglycerides, both of which offer potential benefits for weight loss. These fatty acids promotes the feeling of satiety, which can prevent you from feeling like you need to binge on other refined or trans-fat sources filled with empty calories. 

Natural Anti-inflammatory 

Oleocanthal is a compound found in olive oil which prevents the production of pro-inflammatory enzymes, much like the same way that ibuprofen works. Research has found that this compound has a significant impact on not only chronic inflammation conditions but also acute as well. This makes olive oil a great ingredient to add into your daily diet if you suffer from conditions such as arthritis or joint pain. 

Antioxidants and Antibacterial Properties

Olive oil contains over 20 types of antioxidants called phenols. These work to neutralize free radicals which harm the good cells in your body. By reducing these free radicals, your body is less susceptible to diseases like cancer. Olive oil also contains nutrients that can help to kill or inhibit harmful bacteria, making it a natural antibiotic. Studies have shown that extra virgin olive oil fights eight strands of bacteria, three of which have shown resistance to antibiotics.  

Heart Health

Not only does olive oil reduce blood pressure, but it can also aid with preventing heart disease risk by promoting lower LDL cholesterol, improving the lining of your blood vessel, and helping to prevent blood clots. If you are at risk of heart disease or have a history in your family, you should consider adding olive oil into your daily diet. 

Fight Alzheimer’s Disease

Studies have shown that olive oil can activate a process called autophagy which is where cells break down in the brain and don’t clear out toxins which can mark the beginning of Alzheimer’s. It also protects memory and cognitive learning ability by reducing the formation this protein build up. 

Epicurean Olive Oils in Camarillo, CA carries a variety of gourmet olive oils and balsamic vinegars. From high-quality extra virgin olive oil, to flavored and infused products from all around the world, you can add a delicious and healthy alternative to your every day diet. To learn more about the health benefits of olive oil, food pairings, and recipes, visit our website. 

Epicurean Olive Oils
97 E Daily Dr
Camarillo, CA 93010
(805) 383-6489

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