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OLIVE OIL IN THE MEDITERRANEAN DIET
THE IMPORTANCE OF OLIVE OIL IN THE MEDITERRANEAN DIET
Olive oil results from pressing olives, olive fruits. The olive tree (Olea europaea) is a tree native to the Mediterranean region, cultivated since time immemorial.
Olive oil is a key element of the Mediterranean diet, one of the principal mainstays, without which, the Mediterranean diet loses its identity.
In the Mediterranean culture, olive oil is considered an important factor in maintaining a healthy population.
Properties of olive oil in the Mediterranean diet
Olive oil for cardiovascular health
- Cardiovascular Health: olive oil mainly provides omega 9. Epidemiological studies have shown that the Mediterranean diet protects against heart disease. The olive oil consumption decreases the incidence of coronary heart disease and certain cancers.
Olive oil reduces overall mortality from heart disease
Olive oil contains phenolic compounds such as oleuropein and hydroxytyrosol. These components are potent antioxidants and protectors of blood capillaries, preventing capillary fragility and deterioration caused by accumulated cholesterol in the arteries.
Olive oil against dementia
- Degenerative diseases: scientific studies have shown the protective role of olive oil against diseases of the nervous system. Its benefits are due to omega 9, vitamin E and polyphenols it contains.
Olive oil for skin
Olive oil has a lubricant and protective effect on the dermis It helps damaged skin and lubricates the intestines helping recover inflamed skin and accelerating the healing process.
Olive oil has anti-inflammatory properties due to Omega 9 fats as it helps improve the use of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fats.
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