The benefits of olive oil have been with us for around 6,000 years, give or take a few hundred years or so.The Mediterranean people have been cooking with olive oil for probably as long. And Olive leaf tea has been recognized as an herbal powerhouse.
Lucky for us that the science community over time has confirmed that cooking with olive oil was a wise choice for everyone's health and a essential element of a low-fat diet. The pharmaceutical corporations weren't around when we started using olive oil thousands of years ago, but today the corporations make billions with drugs to get the same benefit that using olive oil would provide,these are just a few of the more popular benefits:
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Of course medications have there place and I suggest if you suffer from any of the above, that you consult your Doctor.But when you do, it might save you some money to mention the Mediterranean diet (one that is high in monounsaturated fat from olive oil and moderate in calories)and the benefits of olive oil.
That's it... a change in your cooking. Improving your health is easier than going down to the pharmacy.Look at it this way, all we have to do is stop reaching for the butter cube,and start reaching for the olive oil bottle.We have to reach for something,its such a minor habit to change with the biggest results.Substituting olive oil, that contains
monounsaturated fats, for saturated fats or polyunsaturated fats can add years and quality to your life.
A study published in the January 2005 issue of Annals of Oncology has identified oleic acid, a monounsaturated fatty acid found in olive oil, as having the ability to reduce the affect of an oncogene (a gene that will turn a host cell into a cancer cell). This particular oncogene is associated with the rapid growth of breast cancer tumors. The conclusion of the researchers was that oleic acid when combined with drug therapy encouraged the self-destruction of aggressive, treatment-resistant cancer cells thus destroying the cancer. Olive oil has been positively indicated in studies on prostate and endometrial cancers as well.
Unlike other fats, which are associated with a higher risk of colon cancer, olive oil helps protect the cells of the colon from carcinogens. A study published in the November 2003 issue of Food Chemistry Toxicology suggests that the antioxidants in olive oil reduce the amount of carcinogens formed when meat is cooked.This is a blessing for me,I love to BBQ.
Finally,when understanding the health benefits of olive oil an important point should be made.The quality of the oil you buy will make a difference.The antioxidents are depleted from improper processing,or damaging the fruit during harvest.Water and soil nutrients effect the oil.So it makes sense to know the Farmer has used the right farming methods to guarantee freshness. I can assure you can get the best oil.
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