Olive Oil is probably one of the most versatile ingredients on earth. Used for thousands of years in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern countries to cook food, olive oil has recently grown in popularity in North America and Europe. There are many benefits to adding this popular cooking agent to your diet. In this article I want to focus on just a few. You can reap the benefits of this nutritious oil in so many different ways that it's hard to explain them all here.
One of the primary benefits of olive oil is that it is very heart friendly and considered to be a healthy fat by mainstream medical professionals. It has many heart healthy benefits, including lower risk of heart attack, stroke, and coronary artery disease. A single tablespoon a day of extra virgin olive oil gives you about 13% of the daily value of Vitamin E, which is known to lower the risk of heart disease and cancer. Some of the other cancer lowering agents found in this vegetable are: beta-carotene (color), lycopene (chemical structure), quercetin (obesity) and indigestible lipids.
Another of the benefits of olive oil is that it can help protect the body from inflammation, which is known to be a cause of many diseases. Inflammation can occur due to a wide range of triggers, such as: poor nutrition (obese or pre-adolescent children, those with Crohn's Disease and IBS), certain drugs (antibiotics, anti-inflammatory medications, prednisone), physical injury, overexposure to the sun, high levels of emotional stress and mental fatigue. Olive oil helps prevent inflammation by reducing the ability of the body's inflammatory systems to react to these triggers