The benefits to the organism of olive oil are many, but in order not to forget any of the basics, here is a list of the main ones below.
- Oleocantha is an antioxidant compound that is present in olive oil. Paul Breslin, professor of nutrition sciences at Rutgers University, along with David Foster and Onica LeGendre, published in a study on the benefit of olive oil against cancer that, thanks to the organic compound oleocantha, olive oil destroys cancer cells and respects healthy ones.
- EVOO is a source rich in vitamins A, D, E and K, which help to absorb calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and zinc, essential components for the proper functioning of the body, especially in childhood and old age. According to a study by Jose Mataix Verdú, Professor of Physiology at the University of Granada (Spain), the daily consumption of 25 grams of olive oil provides 50% of the amount of vitamin E recommended for men, and 62.5% for women.
- Precisely its high vitamin content, makes it a perfect natural cosmetic (and cheap) to treat problems of lack of hydration and a good cell regenerator.
- Due to its high content of oleic acid, polyphenols and vitamins, it protects brain cells and it helps to prevent neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, since it prevents oxidation and attack of free radicals in the body.
- According to the Arthritis Foundation, it also helps to mitigate articular and rheumatic pains (because of their content in polyphenols).
- Olive oil lowers blood cholesterol levels, LDL, thereby decreasing the risk of cardiovascular disease and allows to improve the control of blood pressure to reduce hypertension.
- Also oleic acid improves and protects the immune system, making it an ally of clinical nutrition for immunocompromised people.