Scientific research has proved that olive oil consumption helps to reduce bad cholesterol.
Virgin and extra virgin olive oils are the only oils that are consumed in their natural state without any refining process. They contain a degree of antioxidants and other compounds, equally beneficial for health that is missing in other oils.
Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, was the first to mention the therapeutical benefits of olive oil. The people of the Mediterranean were aware of its nutritional, cosmetic and medicinal virtues and used it to moisture the skin, to cure and relieve burns and skin dehydration caused by sun and water.
Recent scientific research has provided conclusive evidence that olive oil consumption can help to reduce LDL or “bad” cholesterol. Furthermore, this oil contains antioxidants that discourage the agents that block the arteries and protect against chronic disease, including cancer. It is also rich in iron and in A, B-1, B-2, and C, D, E and K vitamins.
Olive oil is also beneficial for the digestive system and may act as a mild laxative. It is intestine friendly and an enemy to ulcers and gastritis.