Studies have shown that olive oil promotes HDL, “good” cholesterol, while lowering LDL, “bad” cholesterol, because of its high concentration of monounsaturated fatty acids. It also contains antioxidants, which are responsible for eliminating free radicals in the body and linked to preventing cancer. Not only is it gentler on your digestive system, but you can also use it for other purposes like moisturizing your skin or conditioning damaged hair.
Though it is the “highest exponent of monosaturatedfat,” olive oil has numerous health benefits.
One of the first is that it helps to fight off heart disease. Studies show that those who consume 25 mL (roughly two tablespoons) of virgin olive oil daily for a week show “less oxidation of LDL cholesterol and higher levels of antioxidant compounds, particularly phenols, in the blood.”
The vegetable oil has also been found to protect the body against colon cancer. Studies done on rats showed that those which were given olive oil supplements, as opposed to safflower oil-supplemented diets, had lower risks of colon cancer.
Claims have also been made that olive oil is good for the stomach. Not only does it have a beneficial effect on ulcers and gastritis, but it also naturally activates the secretion of bile and pancreatic hormones. Because of this, gallstone formation is lowered.
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