Olive Oil Health Benefits

The health benefits of olive oil are mostly derived from monounsaturated fats and polyphenols. However, not all olive oils are created equally.

Olive oil has always been the healthiest fat. Homer termed it "liquid gold," while Hippocrates, the father of medicine, named it "the great healer." But what makes extra virgin olive oil superior? Why is Homer's "liquid gold" healthy?

Monounsaturated fats promote heart health

Substituting saturated and trans fat with monounsaturated fat helps to lower low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, also known as ‘bad cholesterol,’ which reduces the risk for heart disease and stroke.

Polyphenol is an umbrella term for a class of organic chemicals found in several types of plants and works as a powerful antioxidant..

Polyphenols are the powerful antioxidants that make EVOO superior

An April 2020 study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology concluded that consuming just a half-table spoon of olive oil daily could lower the risk of contracting heart disease by 14 percent.

Extra virgin olive oil and cardiovascular disease

The polyphenols in the extra virgin olive oil modulated oxidative stress in the blood vessels, lowering inflammation, a common symptom in many heart disease and stroke patients.

EVOO improves endothelial function

Extra virgin olive oil consumption reduces blood pressure

A separate study from researchers in Australia found that consuming four tablespoons of high-polyphenol extra virgin olive oil “significantly reduced” peripheral and central systolic blood pressure.

A 2015 study demonstrated that extra virgin olive oil polyphenols protect HDL cholesterol from oxidative stress, improving its ability to transfer LDL cholesterol away from artery walls.

EVOO lowers ‘bad’ cholesterol and raises ‘good’ cholesterol