Belia Olive Oil

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Health Benefits

Olive Oil is the world’s most commonly consumed mono-unsaturated oil.

Not only does it taste good, but there is also mass scientific evidence suggesting that an olive oil based diet can promote longer, healthier life and may prevent from some of the diseases associated with our usual western eating pattern.

In recent years, medical researchers have turned their attention to the virtues of the Mediterranean eating habits and primarily to olive oil.zeytinyagi2

On closer inspection, olive oil has proved to be more than just a source of mono-unsaturated fat. It is also rich in antioxidants—substances that are now attracting great scientific attention.

  • Olive oil contains a wide variety of valuable antioxidants that are not found in other oils.
  • Epidemiological studies suggest that olive oil has a protective effect against certain malignant tumors, such as breast, prostate, endometrium and digestive tract.
  • It has been demonstrated that the addition of olive oil to a diet that is not changed in any other way, has a lowering effect on blood pressure.
  • An olive oil rich diet is not only a good alternative in the treatment of diabetes; it may also help to prevent or delay the onset of the disease by preventing insulin resistance and its possible harmful implications by raising HDL (good) cholesterol, lowering triglycerides, and ensuring better blood sugar level control and lower blood pressure.
  • Like all other fats and oils, olive oil is high in calories indicating that it would contribute to obesity. However, evidence shows that there is less obesity among Mediterranean people, biggest consumers per capita of olive oil in the world. It has been demonstrated that an olive oil rich diet leads to greater and long lasting weight loss than a low fat diet.

Olive oil tastes good and it is a stimulus to eat vegetables and pulses, both part of the Mediterranean diet.

  • Olive oil reinforces the immune system against external attacks from microorganisms, bacteria or viruses. The fatty acids in olive oil are good allies in lowering important immunological parameters.
  • Olive oil is also good for the stomach, hepatobiliary system, pancreas, and intestines.
  • It has skin anti-aging attributes, osteoporosis and the cognitive function. It is also beneficial to consume olive oil during pregnancy and while breast feeding.
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