Health Benefits of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Extra Virgin Olive Oil is a Source of Antioxidants and Healthy Fats
Standard olive oil is highly refined and because of this process important nutrients and antioxidants are removed, this reducing any health benefits the oil can give.
On the opposite side of the scale from the highly intensive processing is the cold press extraction process that is used to produce Extra Virgin Olive Oil, this method is used to ensure EVOO retains all the nutrients and antioxidants.
So what makes Extra Virgin Olive oil so special and important for us, we know that it contains over 30 types of phenolic compounds all of which are antioxidants, which have been scientifically proven to assist the body protect itself against free radicals.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil could help Reduce the Risk of Heart Disease
Worldwide, Heart disease is the number one cause of premature death. Studies have shown that the Mediterranean regions populations have lower rates of deaths from heart disease and although we know that there can be many factors and reasons relating to this we do know that a high percentage of the diet contains Extra Virgin Olive Oil, so it is thought to be a major one.
Olive Oil, Protecting Against Stroke
After Heart disease Stroke is the second largest cause of death. Stoke, by its nature as a disease is made up of factor,s including but not limited to high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Olive Oil, through its natural organic makeup, is thought to reduce the risk of stoke.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Lowering the Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is put basically the bodies reduced effectiveness of insulin which is used by the body to turn glucose into energy in our cells. The phenolic compounds that are found in Extra Virgin Olive Oil are thought to increase and work towards a more efficient process regarding glucose metabolism thus also the effectiveness of insulin in the body.