Doctors and dieticians alike have been recommending the Mediterranean diet for many years due to its abilities to help people just like you eat more healthily and lose excess weight. More importantly, the diet has been proven to help prevent serious diseases such as heart disease, stroke, inflammation, and type 2 diabetes. But what’s the key to this special diet that offers so many healthy promises? The answer is extra virgin olive oil, like our very own CardiOlive® Extra Virgin Olive Oil. To find out why extra virgin olive oil is scientifically proven to be so beneficial to you, we’ve compiled this list of olive oil facts for you!

Olive Oil Has Important Antioxidants, Anti-Inflammatories and Vitamins That Promote Good Health

So olive oil has an active ingredient called polyphenols.  There are several types of polyphenols but olive oil polyphenols are extremely high in anti-inflammatory agents, anti-oxidants, and vitamins.  In addition, it seems to have less irritants for many people than other types of polyphenols.

Anti-Inflammatory Agents:  The primary active ingredients in olive fruit polyphenols are hydroxytyrosol and tyrosol.  These two natural ingredients have a tremendous amount of clinical and scientific data on their impact in the body.  But simply put, the chemical actions of these two ingredients combine to:

  • increase HDL production (1)
  • produce less hydroxy fatty acids (1)
  • reduce total cholesterol (1)
  • lowers blood pressure
  • improve the arterial wall structure
  • Lowers cRP (c Reactive Proteins – a biomarker for inflammation) in the body (2)
  • Promotes autophagy – the restoration of chondrocytes in the cartilage between joints (3)
  • Increases osteoblast production in the bones (4)
  • stimulates the body’s immune system
  • and many other biological improvements!

Anti-oxidants:  The oleuropein components of olive polyphenols have significant anti-oxidant properties.  Anti-oxidants like this have been known to:

  • reduce the ROS (reactive oxygen species) which can cause free radicals and cell damage (5)
  • reduce aging of tissues (5)
  • protect the virgin olive oil against oxidation (spoilage) during storage! (5)
  • prevents atherosclerosis (plaque formation in the arteries) (5)

Vitamins : Olive oil is rich in both vitamin E and K which help the body to

  • promote digestion
  • support healthy brain function
  • maintain good vision
  • slow the aging process
  • help the body clot blood when needed
  • regulates calcium levels in the body

There are Several Important Fatty Acids, Antioxidants, and Vitamins in Olive Oil That Promote Good Health

Olive Oil Can Impact These Diseases Caused by Inflammation and Oxidation*

Cardiovascular, bone, metabolic and neurological diseases that are caused by inflammation include:

  • Hypertension
  • High blood pressure
  • Atherosclerosis (plaque formation) in the arteries
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Diabetes
  • Weight Gain
  • Psoriasis
  • Strokes
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Parkinsons
  • Huntingtons

For more on the clinical impact of hydroxytyrosol on cardiovascualr diseases read here.*  And for how the polyphenols in olive supplements can help with joint inflammation read here.*  Alzheimer’s disease

Olive Oil Has Antibacterial Properties

Extra virgin olive oil seems to help patients with bacteria – h. pylori (helicobactor pylori – a stomach bacteria) reduce the levels of this bacteria.  Studies show that the consumption of extra virgin olive oil can reduce the prevalence of this bacteria which lives in your stomach and can cause stomach ulcers and even stomach cancer.(6)

Olive Oil Might Help You Lose Weight

Although many people think olive oil might make you fat, it actually has the potential to cause you to lose weight! First, a scientific study of 7,000 college students in Spain researched olive oil’s effect on a person’s weight. After two and a half years, the researchers concluded that olive oil isn’t linked to increased weight gain. And an additional study following 187 participants for three years showed that consuming olive oil regularly could reduce weight! *  

Learn More About the Mediterranean Diet

Have these olive oil facts piqued your interest about extra virgin olive oil and eating the way Mediterranean people do?  Read more about this amazing diet!  And let us know what you think on our social media pages!

References

  1. “The Effect of Polyphenols in Olive Oil on Heart Disease Risk Factors” A Randomized Trial.” https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16954359/
  2.   “A combination of hydroxytyrosol, omega-3 fatty acids and curcumin improves pain and inflammation among early stage breast cancer patients receiving adjuvant hormonal therapy: results of a pilot study” https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30293230/
  3. Hydroxytyrosol inhibits the inflammatory response of osteoarthritis chondrocytes via SIRT6 mediated autophagy”  https://www.spandidos-publications.com/10.3892/mmr.2017.8353
  4. Phenolic Compounds (Hydroxytyrosol) in Extra Virgin Olive Oil Stimulates Human Osteoblastic Cell Proliferation”  https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26930190/
  5. “Beneficial effects of the olive oil phenolic components oleuropein and hydroxytyrosol: focus on protection against cardiovascular and metabolic diseases” https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25086598/
  6. Assessment of Helicobacter pylori eradication by virgin olive oil” https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22759331/

* Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease