NUTRITIONAL PROPERTIES OF EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL
Monounsaturated fatty acids
Especially rich in oleic acid, also called omega-9, and, to a lesser extent, omega-3 and omega-6.
Olive oil contains vitamin A (beneficial for the heart, kidneys, immune system and vision), vitamin D (which absorbs calcium and keeps bones and the immune system strong), vitamin E (with powerful antioxidant and anti-aging functions) and vitamin K (beneficial for growth and for strengthening the bones).
Favours the absorption of materials such as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and zinc.
Powerful natural antioxidants.
Inhibit the absorption of exogenous cholesterol and reabsorption of endogenous cholesterol.
“OLIVE OIL DODGES ALL PAIN” (POPULAR SAYING)
Extra virgin olive oil has been part of the Mediterranean diet since time immemorial. It has a taste and qualities that have made it an indispensable product on many tables, even today in countries where the climate does not allow olive trees to be grown. Some of the benefits that olive oil provides are:
PREVENTION OF CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASES
Olive oil has a high content of fatty acids such as oleic acid (omega 9), which reduces the vast majority of cardiovascular diseases; regulates cholesterol levels in the blood, lowers bad cholesterol (LDL) without reducing the good (HDL), with the consequent improvement in blood circulation, and reduction in blood pressure.
REINFORCES THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
Thanks to olive oil’s antioxidant compounds, it helps to keep the immune system always active and, therefore, protects against possible diseases.
PROTECTS THE BRAIN AGAINSST COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT
The healthy fats that olive oil contains help protect the brain by reducing memory problems and retarding the mental deterioration of diseases like Alzheimer's.
REINFORCES BONES AND JOINTS
Olive oil helps to protect the bones and joints and alleviates diseases derived from osteoporosis and arthritis, largely thanks to the concentration of oleocanthal.
The high concentration of polyphenols, which act as natural antioxidants, and vitamins E and K, delays the aging of skin and tissues.
Olive oil reduces gastric acid secretion, which protects against gastrointestinal diseases and makes digestion easier.
REGULAR BOWEL MOVEMENTS
Olive oil helps regulate bowel movement thanks to its laxative effect.
There are studies that indicate that olive oil compounds, and especially oleocanthals, can prevent cancer.
The consumption of olive oil can reduce type II diabetes because of the healthy fats it contains.