THE HEALTH BENEFITS
OF MANAKI EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL
Extra virgin olive oil is renowned all over the world for its exquisite taste and characteristics. However, its more impressive properties are not apparent. Simply put, extra virgin olive oil consumption is a natural immune system booster, a true ally for better health in the form of liquid gold. Scientific research has proven that:
Oleocanthal, the type of natural phenolic compound found in extra virgin olive oil, has been studied for its anti-inflammatory properties, which can help in alleviating joint and muscle pains. These studies have shown that people who regularly consume olive oil experience less pain than people who don’t.
Due to its high mono-unsaturated fats content, extra virgin olive oil can help in slowing down or reducing mental fatigue, a condition that is associated with neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s.
Olive oil’s role in cancer prevention has been the subject of various studies, with a recent one stating that people who use olive oil in their diets showcase lower incidences of cancer. Olive oil’s anti-cancer properties can be attributed to its high oleic acid content and the fact that it also contains antioxidants, flavonoids, polyphenols and squalene, ingredients whose benefits have also been studied in relation to their role in reducing cancer risk.
Mediterranean diet has been praised for its health benefits, which include the management and prevention of diabetes. The healthy fats contained in olive oil can help regulate blood sugar levels and insulin production. Furthermore, according to a study published in Diabetes Care, a diet that contains extra virgin olive oil can help reduce the risk of Type II Diabetes by an impressive 50%.
Healthy fats in olive oil can play a factor in reducing diastolic and systolic blood pressure level. Just three spoonfuls of olive oil per day are what it takes to see a significant decrease in your blood pressure levels.
Mono-unsaturated fats in olive oil have one extra, double-edged beneficial property: they increase “good” cholesterol (HDL) levels and help remove “bad” cholesterol (LDL) from the bloodstream.
Extra virgin olive oil’s moisturizing and protective properties can benefit even the most sensitive skin types. Meanwhile, its regenerative and healing action helps treat extreme dryness and accelerates skin tissue’s rejuvenation even in the case of wounds or burns. It is also an excellent treatment for redness and acne, due to its Vitamin D content and anti-inflammatory qualities. Last but not least, extra virgin olive oil works as an antioxidant, helping to slow down the ageing process of skin cells and acts as a shield against the sun’s damaging effects.