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OLIO EXTRA VERGINE DI OLIVA: UN FARMACO NATURALE

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We are only beginning to understand the countless ways olive oil can improve our health and research reveals more benefits nearly every day:

  1. It is effective against heart disease as it lowers the LDL-cholesterol levels ;

  2. It reduces the risks of tumour and slows the cellular ageing process, thanks to antioxidants and free radicals.   Extra virgin olive oil is high in antioxidants that reduce oxidative damage. The oleic acid in olive oil is also highly resistant to oxidation and has been shown to have beneficial effects on genes linked to cancer;

  3. It has anti-inflammatory properties and provides health benefits in the area of unwanted inflammation, due to its polyphenols.

  4. It has positive effects on the digestive tract functions it also lowers the risks of tumours – especially cancers of the upper digestive tract, including the stomach and small intestine.

  5. Better blood levels of calcium have been repeatedly associated with olive oil intake;

  6. It improves cognitive function such as visual memory and verbal fluency.

 

All these positive benefits on health are due to the chemical composition of extra virgin olive oil:

  • it is mainly composed of fatty acids, which are necessary for a proper cellular development and formation of healthy cell membranes, assists in the development and function of the brain, nervous system, and help regulate proper thyroid and adrenal activity;

  • It contains  Ω3 e Ω6, which cannot be produced by our body while being critical for proper functioning of the body ;

  • It is a great source of phenolic compounds, which have antioxidant properties and prevent oxidative stress;

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