Top 5 Health Benefits of Olive Oil

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By Elena Paravantes
Olive Oil Times Health Editor | Reporting from Athens

Olive oil truly is liquid gold with its many health benefits. Considered the most important component of the traditional Mediterranean diet, this extraordinary fruit juice and its effects are still not fully understood. Yet some of the ways olive oil can preserve and improve human health have been firmly established. Here are the five most scientifically supported health benefits of olive oil today.
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1It Can Help Lower Your “Bad” Cholesterol

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Top 5 Health Benefits of Olive Oil | Olive Oil Times

Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL), also known as the “bad cholesterol” transports and deposits cholesterol in the tissues and arteries, which can eventually cause plaque and block the artery. Monounsaturated fats can lower LDL thus protecting against atherosclerosis. Plus, this type of fat does not affect the levels of High Density Lipoproteins (HDL) known as the “good cholesterol,” which carries all cholesterol away from the arteries, and high levels of which are associated with a decreased risk of heart disease.

Olive oil is one of the best sources of monounsaturated fats and has the advantage of being less susceptible to oxidation. In addition, oleic acid, a fatty acid abundant in olive oil, appears to also protect from oxidation of LDL.

It is important to note that to achieve this reduction in bad cholesterol you cannot just add olive oil to a diet rich in saturated and trans fats and expect a miracle. You must replace the unhealthy fats with olive oil in combination with a Mediterranean-style diet.


This article was last updated December 29, 2013 - 1:42 PM (GMT-5)

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  • Conrad

    So far it has worked for me. Since 1928, in fact.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dhaneshmane Dhanesh Mane

    Very nice information about t advantages of olive oil.

  • mario t. reoyan

    how can identify the extra virgin olive oil to the refine olive oil