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Health benefits

The beneficial health effects of Extra Virgin Olive Oil is due to both its high content of monounsaturated fatty acids (around 70 per cent) and its high content of antioxidant substances (vitamins A, C and E). Studies have shown that Olive Oil offers protection against heart disease by controlling LDL ("bad") cholesterol levels while raising HDL (the "good" cholesterol) levels. As Olive Oil helps to raise HDL levels, lower triglycerides and moderate blood sugar, it can also help to prevent the onset of diabetes.
Olive Oil is relatively easy to digest and helps the assimilation of vitamins and minerals. It has a positive effect on the digestive system, protecting the mucous membranes and stimulating the gall bladder. There is some evidence to suggest that it may help to protect against the formation of gallstones.
Antioxidants slow down and neutralize the effects of chemicals in the environment that react with and damage the body cells. Antioxidants are said to increase longevity and slow down skin aging.
Some researchers claim that Olive Oil has a measurable effect on preventing the cancers that are associated with diet, notably colon, prostate and breast cancers.
Olive Oil is thought to help calcium absorption and therefore act against osteoporosis. It is also said to insure against memory loss, cognitive decline, dementia and Alzheimer's disease in the elderly. (The brain needs monounsaturated acids to maintain its cell structure and membranes.)
A recent US study found that Olive Oil contained a natural chemical (oleocanthal) that acts in a similar way to the painkiller ibuprofen and other anti-inflammatory drugs.
The evidence suggests that fresh Extra Virgin Olive Oil can help to protect against illness and deliver longevity!