An icon of the Mediterranean diet and culture, olive oil is undoubtedly one of the best examples of combining gastronomy and health.
Although the nutritional properties of “liquid gold” were well known in the ancient world, this superfood has the capacity to continue to surprise us with its great versatility in terms of presentations and uses.
This versatility has undoubtedly favoured the proliferation of its consumption across the world. Olive oil’s main consumer countries are also the largest producers, such as Greece, Spain and Italy. The boom, however, is global and countries culturally so far apart as Japan, China, the US and the Middle East, are no strangers to olive oil’s benefits.
The unavoidable question is, why is olive oil so precious? What are the benefits of olive oil?
Main benefits of olive oil
Numerous studies have confirmed that people who consume olive oil live longer and suffer less frequently from cardiovascular disease. The health benefits are countless, here is a list of some of them:
- Olive oil reduces bad cholesterol (LDL) and increases good cholesterol (HDL), reducing this way the occurrence of cardiovascular disease and arteriosclerosis.
- It protects you from the acids present in the digestive system, in addition to improving the optimal functioning of the liver and the avoidance of gallstones.
- It reduces the risk of myocardial infarction and thromboembolism, lowering blood pressure
- Olive oil improves and prevents the development of Alzheimer‘s by removing beta-amyloid plaques from brain cells that lead to the onset of the disease
Therapeutic properties of olive oil
Branded as the source of eternal youth, thanks to its high content of vitamin E, chlorophyll and polyphenols, olive oil contains a large amount of antioxidants that reduce oxidative damage to cells.
Therefore, anti-aging agents and nutrients are behind the well-known cosmetic and therapeutic benefits of olive oil related to skin and hair health.
If, in addition to all these benefits, olive oil tastes as good as our Torrent 1898 extra virgin olive oil does, you might have just found a delicious way to lead a healthy lifestyle!