Health Benefits of EVOO

In addition to being delicious and an indispensable ingredient in the kitchen, EVOO seems to be a true natural remedy against many diseases. In contrast to several other condiments that may be hazardous to our health, EVOO combats damage to our system that is a result of environmental pollution and the aging process.

The healthy properties of EVOO are due principally to the presence of antioxidant polyphenols, vitamin E, oleic acid, and monounsaturated fats. These compounds present in higher quantities in high-quality EVOO tend to deteriorate and diminish with heat or oxidation, due to the exposure to air, because of poor production or conservation.

There are numerous studies that suggest that EVOO helps prevent and control some diseases. In this publication, we will limit ourselves to report the most commonly attributed health benefits, without the intention of giving medical or scientific advice, and we invite the reader to consult more in-depth publications if further interested.

The health benefits most commonly attributed to the consumption of EVOO:

  • It combats premature cellular aging. The phenolic wealth of EVOO, in addition to the presence of vitamin E, reduces cellular damage to hair and skin tissues caused by free radicals.
  • It is noted for being “heart friendly.” If consumed in a well-balanced diet, it helps reduce the risk of cardiac disease, lower blood-pressure, protect against the risk of arteriosclerosis, and promote cholesterol control and the reduction of LDL (bad cholesterol).
  • Recent studies seem to indicate that it can aid in the prevention of the formation of tumors, especially in the colon and the breasts.
  • Recent studies seem to suggest that a diet rich in EVOO can be associated with a lower instance of dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease.
  • It has anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Furthermore, EVOO is an effective topical emollient and protection for the epidermis, as well as an excellent antioxidant. Therefore it is used in dermatological products and beauty products to combat aging of the skin.