Thursday, 19 February 2015
Health Benefits of Olive Oil
Lowers Cholesterol Levels
Extra-virgin olive oil can help lower your LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol, which can cause narrowing of the arteries.
The oil contains oleocanthal as well as oleuropein that protect LDL molecules from oxidative damage which increases the risk of cardiovascular disease.
At the same time, olive oil increases HDL (high-density lipoprotein) cholesterol in the body, which plays a protective role and helps prevent unwanted blood clotting, a key reason behind heart attacks and strokes.
To enjoy the cholesterol-lowering effects of olive oil, use this oil for cooking instead of saturated fat.
Extra-virgin olive oil is beneficial in the treatment of diabetes and can even help prevent or delay the onset of the disease.
It improves blood sugar control and enhances insulin sensitivity. Plus, the monounsaturated fats in olive oil help keep triglyceride levels in check.
A 2011 study published in the scientific journal Diabetes Care demonstrated that the Mediterranean diet rich in olive oil can reduce one’s risk of Type 2 diabetes by almost 50 percent as compared to a diet low in fats.To manage your blood sugar level and reduce your risk of Type 2 diabetes, include about 2 tablespoons of olive oil in your daily diet.