4 Nutritional facts about Extra Virgin Olive Oil
All around the Mediterranean people are known to live healthy and long lives. Sure the nice weather and beautiful sea contributes to their happiness and health, but researchers believe it’s the Mediterranean diet that should receive most of the credits.
Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) is one of the healthiest fats to use in the kitchen. It’s health benefits are unrivaled and science is presenting us with new benefits almost daily. Fats are essential to our health as they can both contain and help our bodies absorb vitamin A, D and K.
The olive tree is a native crop and since ancient times, most recipes both begin and end with extra virgin olive oil as an essential ingredient. In addition, it is also used in beauty and personal care products for its nutritional value. Today we’d like to introduce you to 4 health benefits of true EVOO that might surprise you.
A healthy heart
One of EVOOs strongest super powers is probably its ability to control LDL cholesterol levels and the increase of HDL levels. Omega 6 and Omega 3, fatty acids present in EVOO, improve cardiovascular health. The high levels of phenolic acid naturally present help reduce the risk of heart diseases. Some studies have even shown it reduces blood pressure after regular consumption of true extra virgin olive oil.
Great looking skin
Extra virgin olive oil contains important fatty acids and natural antimicrobial phytochemicals also known as ursolic and oleanolic acid. Together these acids have anti-inflammatory properties that can help prevent premature aging of the skin caused by inflammation. The antibacterial effects can help prevent acne problems and the polyphenolic acids can help counter the damaging effects of the sun. So if you’re looking to not only feel great but also look great? You know what to do.
Better brain function
Vitamine E and K are vital for your brain while vitamin E supports a good memory and can even reduce the risk of Alzheimer disease. Vitamine K is mostly found in green leafy vegetables. Not a fan? Get your K’s by consuming enough EVOO and you’ll be all set for a fast working brain.
Stimulating Hair Growth
Next to herbs and natural botanicals almost half of the stimulating hair products contain olive oil. With its richness in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, EVOO seems essential for great looking hair. Consuming it seems to give you the benefits you're looking for but we’ve received stories from Neolea fans that they even used it to massage their scalp and hair and had great results.