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Extra virgin olive oil and your health: 10 good reasons to use it

24 April 2015

 

Extra virgin olive oil is tasty, healthy and natural: using it regularly (between 30g and 60g per day) helps us to live well, and to prevent and treat various ailments.
This is due to its numerous healthy virtues, which have led doctors and nutritionists to recognise its value as a “medicinal food” and as a fundamental condiment of the “Mediterranean diet”, which for years has been a symbol of taste and wellbeing at the table.
From children to the elderly, at all ages, the nutritional properties of extra virgin olive oil are a powerful ally to keeping fit and healthy.
In fact, olive oil contains antioxidant substances such as tocopherols, phenolic compounds, carotenoids and squalene, as well as having a good balance between vitamin E and linolenic acid; it is also poor in saturated fats and rich, instead, in mono-unsaturated fats, and has a correct ratio between the Omega6 and the Omega3 contained in its poly-unsaturated fats.
A perfect balance of components and nutrients which help to keep us healthy and to look after our bodies.

 
At least 10 good reasons for choosing extra virgin olive oil

 

It protects against the risk of arteriosclerosis
It protects against biliary duct illnesses, as it increases the secretion of bile
It encourages the absorption of lipophilic vitamins (A,D,E,K)
It eliminates toxins and protects the functioning of the liver
It stimulates the metabolism
It encourages digestion
It lowers cholesterol
It prevents skin dehydration
It has antioxidant properties, thanks to the present of anti-free radicals and therefore delays ageing
It prevents or limits myocardial infarction, some forms of tumours and osteoporosis.