Health Benefits of Olive Oil

Health Benefits of Olive Oil

Olive is the fruit of that belongs to the family Oleaceae; and scientifically it is named as Olea europaea that means oil from Europe. It is a traditional tree crop of the Mediterranean basis. Olive oil is a fat that is gained from the whole olive by pressing it. Well, if talking about the health benefits of olive oil, one can simply know its importance as it is commercially available under various brand names and is added almost in majority of food products and cosmetics as a substitute to other fats. We know that not every fat is good for health, but olive oil is one of the healthy oils that are suggested as an alternate to other oils by health practitioners especially in preparation of food.

Olive oil is being used from decades by the people and majority population now knows lot about health due to advanced techniques and internet facilities. Many people are using olive oil as regular oil instead of cooking oils. Mediterranean Diet had highlighted the health benefits of olive oil and now it have become legendary cooking oil. It consists of a huge numbers and various types of phytonutrients, along with these it consist s of beneficial polyohenols. Due to these polyphenols olive oil tase superb and therefore can be easily used as an alternate to other oils satisfying the taste buds.

Olive Oil For Beauty

Olive oil is one of the widely used culinary oils that contains about 75% of its fat in the form of oleic acid (a monounsaturated, omega-9 fatty acid). The various types of phenols that are found in it consist of simple phenols (tyrosol, hydroxytyrosol), Terpenes (oleuropein ,ligstroside), Hydroxycinnamic acids (caffeic acid, cinnamic acid, ferulic acid, coumaric acid), Flavonoid glycosides (rutin), Flavones (apigenin, luteolin), Hydroxybenzoic acids (vanillic acid, syringic acid), Anthocyanidins (cyanidins, peonidins) and Flavonols (quercetin, kaempferol) and Lignans (pinoresinol). Majority of these polyphenols takes part in the health benefits as the act as antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents.

There are unlimited health benefits of olive oil that are discussed further:

Cadriac Benefits

Inhibits Athrosclerosis- Olive oil is known to have large amount of antioxidants majority in shape of polyphenols. Olive oil had shown to inhibit the lipid peroxidation that is the oxygen damage to the fats in bloodstream. Good fats such as LDL need to be protected from peroxidation. Damage to the fats such as LDL can increase the risk of Athrosclerosis which can be inhibited by the consumption of olive oil. Not only LDL, as an antioxidant it protects the cell that are present in the inner lining of the vessel.
Inhibits unwanted platelets aggregation-Sometimes unwanted platelets aggregation in the bloodstream can be a cause of cardiovascular problem leading to an emergency. These unwanted clumps of platelets formation can be controlled by some polyphenols present in the olive oil that are hydroxytyrosol, luteolin and oleuropein. Plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 and factor VII are the two messenger molecules that take part in the formation of blood clot. Improper function or signaling of these can result in clumping. These important organic compounds can be controlled by the polyphenols present in the olive oil.

Balances cholesterol
It largely consists of oleic acid that plays a vital role in the balancing of cholesterol, LDL and HDL cholesterols in the body. It decreases the cholesterol levels thus keeping heart healthy. Recent studies say that oleic acid play role in lowering blood pressure also. It is believed by the scientists that oleic acid in the olive oil easily gets absorb into the body in abundant amounts, thus lowers the blood pressure by changing the signaling pattern at a cell membrane.

Anti-Inflammatory Benefits
It is strange to consider an oil playing an inflammatory role as it is 100% fat. It is because of the beneficial polyphenols present in the olive oil it does play an inflammatory role. There are varieties of mechanisms that are used by the polyphenols in the olive oil in order to play an anti-inflammatory role. The production of messaging molecules (including TNF-alpha, interleukin 1-beta, thromboxane B2, and leukotriene B4) and pro-inflammatory enzymes (cyclo-oxygenase 1 and cyclo-oxygenase 2) that increases inflammation is controlled by the polyphenols present in the olive oil.

Polyphenols present in olive oil also lowers the C-reactive protein (CRP) blood levels in cardiac patients. The metabolic pathway known as arachidonic acid pathway is important in mobilizing inflammatory process; its activity is known to be reduced by these polyphenols.

Bone Health Benefits
Better levels of calcium have been found with an intake of olive oil this helping in healthier bones.

Digestive Health Benefits
Lowers risk of digestive tract cancer- Research had shown that it lowers the risk of digestive tract cancers, more specifically upper digestive tract, stomach and small intestine. There is this group of polyphenol present in the olive oil known as secoiridoids that play anticanceric role in the digestive tract.

Balances the bacteria – Research shows that polyphenols also balances the digestive tract bacteria and retard the growth of bacteria causing stomach infection. These polyphenols include oleuropein, hydroxytyrosol, and tyrosol. The polyphenol ligstroside is known to retard the growth of Helicobacter pylori which can be a cause of stomach ulcers and some other problems.

Hope the benefits mentioned above will help you find some ways to add olive oil to your everyday intake.

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