Olive oil is one of those products that are as old as they are surprising. Not in vain, every day, new properties and uses are discovered -not only at a gastronomic level- that come to corroborate what our grandmothers, popular wisdom and traditional Mediterranean recipes have been claiming for centuries.
Today we are going to talk about what benefits olive oil brings to our health, and more specifically EVOO, the king of olive oils, made up of oleic acid, a monounsaturated fatty acid (one of the popularly called “good fats”, with high nutritional quality) and vitamins A, D, E and K, which have positive effects on our body:
GOOD FOR YOUR HEART
Fatty acids and antioxidants help our body regulate the level of cholesterol in the blood, reducing bad cholesterol and maintaining good cholesterol. This helps improve blood circulation in our body, thus lowering blood pressure. What’s more, omega 3 fatty acids in our blood prevent cell aging. In short, extra virgin olive oil is an excellent ally against cardiovascular pathologies.
GOOD FOR YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM
It is also beneficial for our immune system as it protects us against viruses, bacteria and from the so-called autoimmune diseases. This is due to the nutrients and antioxidants present, which keep our immune system active.
GOOD AGAINST DIABETES
Another component of EVOO, oleouropein, helps reduce blood glucose levels, meaning that our toast every morning is not only delicious, but also helps prevent type 2 diabetes.
GOOD FOR YOUR BRAIN
One of the most unknown properties of this liquid gold is the protection it offers against cognitive deterioration thanks to the contribution of vitamin K, beneficial for learning and memory. In addition, there are studies that affirm that oleocanthal -one of the antioxidants present in EVOO- helps prevent Alzheimer’s.
GOOD FOR YOUR BONES
Everyone knows the importance of calcium for our bones, but it is just as important to consume foods that contain this mineral as it is to consume foods that help our body to assimilate it, and this is where EVOO comes into play: thanks to its vitamins D and K, it causes the absorption of calcium in our bones. That is why olive oil is so good for maintaining strong bones and preventing diseases such as osteoporosis. But everything does not end here; it also relieves joint pain thanks to the anti-inflammatory effect it provides.
GOOD FOR DIGESTION
Extra virgin olive oil is also beneficial for the proper functioning of our digestive system. It is diuretic, protecting us against gastrointestinal problems, against uncomfortable heartburn and against constipation, helping to regulate intestinal transit.
GOOD FOR YOUR SKIN AND FOR YOUR HAIR
We have already discussed the antioxidant effects of EVOO. Well, in our dermis these effects are noticeable, and a lot: this oil protects, tones and regenerates our skin and hair. And it is not in vain that vitamin E is known as “the vitamin of youth”. But, in addition, it is an extraordinary natural moisturizer that contributes to the elasticity of our cells, stopping skin wrinkles and nourishing and reinforcing the shine of our hair.
GOOD AGAINST CANCER
There are many scientific fields (including the World Health Organization), studies and publications about oleocanthal, a compound present in EVOO that is not only responsible for those slightly spicy nuances that we appreciate so much at an organoleptic level, but also that destroys cancer cells without harming the rest.
Well, you will see that, in addition to being exquisite, our beloved EVOO is a complete pharmacy in liquid format. Taken raw is when it best maintains its properties – but remember that, as with everything, excesses are not good. And also remember that not all oils are the same: it is much better if their cultivation is organic and has been treated with the greatest respect, which is the only way in which LA Organic understands the business -our passion- for olive oil. Extra virgin.