5 reasons why everyone needs more olive oil

The benefits you can gain for consuming just 2-3 T a day are astounding!

Olive oil is something that can be included in any diet or lifestyle. The benefits you can gain for consuming just 2-3 T a day are astounding! If you don't like the flavor of olive oil, try buying the virgin olive oil. It is not as strongly flavored while still retaining most of the benefits.

As the Greeks say, metron ariston, everything in moderation. Even a food as good for you as olive oil can be too much for a healthy diet.

1. Lower Cholesterol

The main reason why you need to consume more olive oil is because it has one of the highest amounts of monounsaturated fats.  Foods high in MUFA increase your resting energy expenditure, meaning as your sitting your body burns more energy while you're resting. For our busy lifestyles, this is the best news. Olive oil also has been shown to reduce bad LDL cholesterol, without reducing the good HDL, lowers chronic inflammation, and stabilizes heart rhythms.  Diets with monounsaturated fats correlate with healthy hearts and fewer strokes. 

2. Lower Blood Sugar and Better Circulation

 

  1. Lower blood sugar and better circulation

This acid, very prevalent in olive oil, has been shown to lower blood sugar levels and help control insulin-one of the body's fat-storing hormones. Consuming 4 T of olive oil can reduce the need for blood pressure medication by 50%. Studies have also shown that diets rich in this acid have improved insulin sensitivity and blood circulation. Reduced blood sugar levels helps you to lose weight and could help prevent diabetes. 

 

 

3. Helps prevent ulcers and perhaps Alzheimers

Olive oil improves digestive health by increasing the hormone serotonin, which helps you feel full longer and eat less. It slows the growth of unwanted bacteria and keeping ulcers from forming by protecting the lining of your stomach.  It keeps your brain healthy too which helps with increased memory and retention.  Also could help prevent Alzheimers with sufficient intake. A chemical in olive oil called oleocanthal can help remove the toxic protein that builds up in the brains of Alzheimers victims. Since olive oil is so good at protecting blood vessels, it helps protect blood vessels in the brain as well as the heart. 

4. Helps with arthritis and inflamation

Contains high levels of polyphenols like wine and dark chocolate. Polyphenols are high in antioxidants and can combat inflammation and protect blood vessels. A diet rich in olive oil plays a role in improving the pain and stiffness of those who already have rheumatoid arthritis.

5. Helps prevent Cancer

Eating high levels of olive oil have shown a decreased risk for cancer. Researchers believe it is the lower levels of inflammation and stress to the blood vessels and other organs that create this benefit. If the body has lower stress internally, then it is harder for cancerous cells to form.  Several studies of women has found that those with diets higher in monounsaturated fats resulted in less frequent incidence of breast cancer.

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