The health effects of olive oil are beneficial
The health benefits of the Mediterranean diet have been known for years, so there are certain foods common to all Mediterranean peoples and cultures, such as cereals, vegetables, legumes, fruits, fish, various aromatic plants, red onions and garlic, and of course, olive oil. It is an indispensable part in preparing most of the food in Mediterranean cuisine. It is most commonly used as a side dish and as such on the side enhances the taste of the dish, while on the other it facilitates the digestibility of certain foods. In the Mediterranean diet, olive oil is used as a substitute for other fats and oils, especially those saturated and hydrogenated, and in no case mixed with other fats.
Nutritionists agree on one thing: olive oil is the king of oils. Of course, this means extra virgin olive oil, which is obtained by simply pressing and filtering healthy olives, while maintaining the content of beneficial ingredients as much as possible. The medicinal properties of olive oil have been well documented in the scientific literature. Intake of this ancient food provides protection against chronic degenerative diseases and is associated with a reduced risk of heart disease, cancer prevention, and a stronger immune system. It is also attributed to its anti-inflammatory properties and protective effect on the gastric mucosa, and contains unsaturated fatty acids, essential for brain activity, for maintaining thought and feeling processes and for the smooth transmission of information in the brain.
Olive oil is rich in vitamins, fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. Vitamin A is most important for vision physiology, protecting skin and mucous membranes from various infections and infectious diseases. It also has a beneficial effect on the heart and circulatory system.
Olive oil contains the same substance as ibuprofen – oleocanthal. This bitterness-related substance has an anti-inflammatory effect, which is why good olive oil should also be bitter as it guarantees its healing and protective effects on the body.