Storified by ebanreb· Sun, Mar 24 2013 21:04:12
Olive oil is a basic part of the Mediterranean diet which is very beneficial for tasty and more enjoyable eating. Being the only vegetable oil that can be consumed as it is - freshly pressed from the fruit, Olive oil is a natural juice preserving the taste, aroma, vitamins and properties of the olive fruit. People who take olive oil diet notice several health benefits from olive oil.
Olive oil is an excellent source of antioxidants, capable of dousing inflammation, defending cells from menacing molecules, and much more. If taken in moderate amounts, olive oil helps in weight loss as it reduces your abdominal fat.
Health Benefits of Olive Oil
1. Olive Oil prevents you from Cancer
The mono unsaturated fat in olive oil has anti-cancer effects. Some people as an evidence to its benefits claim that olive oil helps in the cure of breast, ovarian and prostate cancer. Also a mono unsaturated fatty acid present in olive oil called Oleic acid claims to have significant protective effects against cancer. It reduces the effect of an oncogene, a gene that turns a host cell into a cancer cell.
2. Olive Oil lowers your blood pressure
A normal blood pressure should not be below 120/80. And if yours come in this range then do not panic. What is olive oil for? Olive oil has the capability to reduce the need for daily meds. So, always go for extra-virgin olive oil that has the maximum number of antioxidants and heat-sensitive vitamins.
3. Olive Oil reduces Cholesterol level in your arteries
Nothing better can come to your mind other than olive oil, when it comes to your heart. Olive oil stimulates good HDL cholesterol in your heart, lowers bad LDL cholesterol, and also it reduces other harmful blood fats (triglycerides). And the list does not end here only. Olive oil also reduces inflammation, another contributor to cardiovascular disease. The latest research shows that cardiovascular diseases are the top causes of death in the industrialized world.