Throughout history, Οlive Οil has been used in many cultures as a natural remedy.
Over the past 10 years, new research is continuously discovering new interesting benefits to the consumption of high phenolic olive oils.
Naturally packed with polyphenols and monounsaturated fatty acids, Extra Virgin Olive Oils high in Polyphenols work in your body to help protect from a number of conditions.
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Polyphenols are nature’s antioxidant and help protect blood lipids (fat) from being oxidised. This is also the basis of the EU Approved Health Claim for Olive Oil Polyphenols. Oxidative stress is linked to a number of conditions such as: High Cholesterol, Heart Disease, Alzheimers’ Disease, Cancer and more.
Olive Oil helps maintain good levels of cholesterol by being a good source of HDL “good” Cholesterol whilst the polyphenols limit the oxidation of LDL “bad” Cholesterol which causes plaques. Plaques block arteries and limit the flow of blood to our Heart, brain and the rest of our organs, causing heart attacks, brain strokes and more.
Like with Heart Disease, Polyphenols limit oxidation of lipids reducing the formation of plaques which travel through our blood system and cause blockages or reduced blood flow in our brains resulting in strokes. Recent studies have also shown that there is less possibility of age related cognitive decline (e.g. Alzheimers’) in older people who consume Healthy Olive Oil.
Olive Oils fatty profile makes it the only Oil & Fat that is completely digested by the body and has been used as a remedy as far back as Ancient Greece. It helps in all stages of the digestive system from reducing reflux to improving digestion in the large intestine. It even helps with bad breath.
Many recent studies have shown that olive oil high in Polyphenols exerts a protective effect against certain malignant tumours (breast, prostate, endometrium, digestive tract and more). It is unclear what the direct relationship is but olive oils with higher polyphenols yielded better resulτs in the studies than others.
Non conclusive research has shown that people with diets high in Extra Virgin Olive Oils are less likely to develop Rheumatoid Arthritis. The anti-inflammatory polyphenols also work as a natural relief for those who have developed it whilst also helping bone calcification by aiding in the absorption of Calcium.