As an effortless and delicious way to give your health a daily boost, quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil is incredibly good for you. Its powerful antioxidants benefit your heart, brain, joints and more. In fact, it is probably the healthiest fat on the planet and people tend to live longer and healthier lives in regions where olive oil is a staple part of the diet. The Romans knew about olive oil’s magical properties, after all. It is a staple in our home, I cook with it and add it to our dishes often.
Beyond the flavourful taste of Extra Virgin Olive Oil, there is an abundance of health benefits. Here are our top 5:
Helps Lower Bad Cholesterol
Olive oil is naturally cholesterol free. Moreover, it contains high levels (65 – 85%) of monounsaturated fatty acids which help maintain a healthy cholesterol balance.
Reduces the Risk of Heart Disease
A healthy cholesterol balance protects the heart and arteries from plaque build-up, reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
Protects from Oxidative Damage
The high levels of polyphenols in EVOO give it strong antioxidant properties (antioxidants also maintain the integrity of the oil by protecting it from oxidation). Extra Virgin Olive Oil is rich in Vitamins A, E, D and K. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant.
Helps Prevent Cancer
The antioxidants in Extra Virgin Olive Oil fight and neutralise the free radicals in our bodies. Excess free radicals cause oxidative stress and have been linked to many forms of cancer.
Helps Prevent or Delay the onset of Diabetes
The monounsaturated fat can benefit non-insulin-dependent diabetics. Though the impact of specific bioactive components within EVOO on diabetes is an emerging area of research, the impact of the Mediterranean diet, in which EVOO is the primary added fat, is well established. Read more on the study conducted by the Olive Wellness Institute as to how EVOO can assist with Diabetes.
How does it all work exactly? Find out more on: www.saolive.co.za/health-benefits/
Always look out for the SA Olive CTC seal on a bottle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO). This is a seal of confidence and it’s the guarantee that the producer is ‘committed to compliance’ in quality olive oil production. It confirms that the EVOO is 100% locally (South African) produced and is authentic Extra Virgin Olive Oil.