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Olive Oil

ElaioladoHippocrates used to say: "My food is my medicine," a saying which is confirmed to date and verified by recent scientific studies, which have shown that the Mediterranean diet (which mainly includes the consumption of olive oil) is the healthiest and it is responsible for the longevity and prevention of many diseases.

The nutritional, dietary and biological value of olive oil for the human body is extremely important and so it is included in the list of the 10 most beneficial foods.

The beneficial effects of olive oil are the results of:

a) The oleic acid, which is among the monounsaturated fatty acids.

b) The provitamin A and vitamin E

c) The selenium

d) Other valuable antioxidants, such as polyphenols, which protect cells from oxidative stress and free radicals.

Specifically, the consumption of olive oil has been shown that:

- Reduces the harmful cholesterol (LDL) and increases the good cholesterol (HDL) levels, thereby reducing heart diseases.
- Lowers blood pressure and helps in the treatment of hypertension, because it is rich in polyphenols and antioxidants, which help the arteries to dilate, thereby reducing stress.
- Contributes to the smooth functioning of the brain and to bone health, especially in young children, because it helps in absorbing calcium.
- Helps to smooth the aging process and is necessary for the elderly, while protecting the body from sunlight, because of the content of vitamin E.
- Strengthens the digestive system and reduces the risk of developing stomach ulcers and gastritis. Moreover, it has laxative properties and helps to improve bowel function.
- It is a valuable and necessary supplement to breast milk because, due to the acids it contains, it helps in the proper development of newborns.
- Contributes to the prevention against skin cancer, because it contains nutrients (such as squalene), transported and absorbed through the skin.
- Helps prevent cancer of the colon, breast, prostate and (because of the oleic acid) generally protects cells and DNA from any changes that may lead to cancer.
- Finally, it helps in the proper functioning of the metabolism (1 tablespoon of olive oil contains a little more than 100 calories and provides about 50% of the minimum recommended daily amount of fatty acids for the body).