Health Benefits Of Olive Oil
Antioxidants & Vitamins
Extra virgin olive oil is loaded with antioxidants, some of which have powerful biological effects.
Tuscan Downs Olive Oil has many health benefits. While it provides beneficial fatty acids and vitamins E and K, the main attraction is the large amounts of antioxidants. These antioxidants are biologically active and may reduce your risk of chronic diseases.*
* Nutrition Research Review, June 18, 2005, The phenolic compounds of olive oil: structure, biological activity and beneficial effects on human health. Tripoli E, Giammanco M,Tabacchi G, Di Majo D, Giammanco S, La Guardia M. Institute of Physiology and Human Nutrition, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Palermo, Via Augusto Elia 3, 90 127, Palermo, Italy.
Olive Oil is Anti-Inflammatory
Olive oil contains nutrients that fight inflammation. These include oleic acid as well as the antioxidant oleocanthal.
Chronic inflammation is considered a leading driver of diseases, such as cancer, heart disease, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s, arthritis and even obesity.
Extra-virgin olive oil can reduce inflammation, which is a major health benefit.
The main anti-inflammatory effects are mediated by the antioxidants. Key among them is oleocanthal, which has been shown to work similarly to ibuprofen, an anti-inflammatory drug.**
Some scientists estimate that the oleocanthal in 3.4 tablespoons (50 ml) of extra virgin olive oil has a similar effect as 10% of the adult dosage of ibuprofen***
Research also suggests that oleic acid, the main fatty acid in olive oil, can reduce levels of important inflammatory markers such as C-reactive protein (CRP)****
One study also showed that olive oil antioxidants can inhibit some genes and proteins that drive inflammation
**Current Pharmaceutical Design, 2011, Molecular mechanisms of inflammation. Anti-inflammatory benefits of virgin olive oil and the phenolic compound oleocanthal. Lucas L, Russell A, Keast R. School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition, Deakin University, Burwood, Victoria, Australia.
***Phytochemistry: ibuprofen-like activity in extra-virgin olive oil. Sept 1, 2005, Beauchamp GK, Keast RS, Morel D, Lin J, Pika J, Han Q, Lee CH, Smith AB, Breslin PA. Monell Chemical Senses Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104, USA.
****Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, May 26 2006, Dietary factors that promote or retard inflammation. Basu A, Devaraj S, Jialal I. Laboratory for Atherosclerosis and Metabolic Research, University of California Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, CA 95817, USA. AND Journal of Epidemiology, 17 May, 2007, Dietary intake of fatty acids and serum C-reactive protein in Japanese. Yoneyama S, Miura K, Sasaki S, Yoshita K, Morikawa Y, Ishizaki M, Kido T, Naruse Y, Nakagawa H. Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Kanazawa Medical University, Uchinada, Ishikawa, Japan