5 Health Benefits of Organic Olive Oil

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Extra Virgin Olive Oils are oils that do not require chemical processing. Oils such as corn oil, peanut oil, and vegetable oils are extracted from seeds using high heat and industrial solvents. These processes destroy any natural nutrients from the oils and, when consumed, produce free radicals, which are unstable atoms that can damage cells, contributing to several diseases and aging. Some of the illnesses associated with free radicals are:

  • Diabetes
  • Age-associated vision decline
  • Central nervous diseases such as dementia
  • Genetic degenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s
  • Autoimmune and inflammatory disorders such as cancer and arthritis

Research shows that replacing these oils with less processed oils containing monounsaturated fats, such as extra virgin olive oils, can protect us from the free radical compounds that positively impact our health.

So, what are the health benefits of consuming Extra Virgin Olive Oils?

  • Improved Heart Health

Olive oils are a great source of monounsaturated oleic acid- a fatty acid that occurs naturally in various animal and vegetable fats and oils- it is believed to have many beneficial effects on our heart health. Replacing less healthy fats such as saturated fats and trans-fat with olive oil is known to reduce the risk of stroke, reduce blood pressure, improve cholesterol levels, and improve overall heart health.

Monounsaturated fats like olive oils are also resistant to high heat, making them a healthier choice for cooking.

  • Reduces Inflammation

Chronic inflammations cause diseases such as type 2 diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, and cancer. Olive oil has anti-inflammatory properties that may help reduce inflammation and help protect against chronic diseases.

It also has antibacterial properties that can help kill harmful bacteria such as Helicobacter pylori, known to cause stomach ulcers and cancer.

  • Improves Brain function

Studies have shown that consuming Mediterranean diets containing olive oils and nuts can enhance cognitive functions, help restore healthy blood-brain barrier function, and reduce neuroinflammation. Although it's not proven, they are thought to prevent the development of Alzheimer's dementia and boost memory.

  • Boosts Hair and Skin Health

Olive oils are rich in Vitamin E and antioxidants, both of which are known to benefit our hair, skin and prevent any eye or skin-related issues.

  • Better Mood

Several research suggests that extra virgin olive oil as a part of a Mediterranean diet can help reduce the risk of depression and improve mood. Additionally, research suggests that olive oils support the central nervous system, which helps our nerves function properly and increases the levels of the mood-supporting neurotransmitter serotonin.

An important point to note is that not all Extra Virgin Olive Oils are created equally. Greek extra virgin olive oils are low in acidity and peroxides, which makes them premium quality. For healthier and better-quality olive oils, ensure you source yours from a certified and well-known premium brand.

Avlaki Olive Oils offer a range of the finest extra virgin verified olive oils produced from organic farming on Lesvos Island, Greece. Browse our range here.

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