How does Extra Virgin Olive Oil Help Prevent Disease?
Whilst acute forms of inflammation play a vital role in healing for the body, chronic inflammation is bad for the body and can have long term effects. This type of inflammation can build over many years, with contributing factors including smoking, stress, sleep problems and a diet full of unhealthful fats and added sugar.
Chronic inflammation in the body is cited as a cause of a multitude of modern day diseases. It is often named as a contributor to heart disease, cancer, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, psoriasis and obesity.
So, how can Extra Virgin Olive Oil help you? Extra Virgin Olive Oil combats inflammation, therefore reducing the risk of contracting these diseases, in a number of ways. Firstly, it contains a specific compound, called oleocanthal. This compound has powerful natural anti-inflammatory benefits and ignites the same response from the body as NSAID ibuprofen. Secondly, it provides fatty acids (including oleic acid which reduces levels of inflammatory markets like C-reactive protein), vitamins E and K as well as antioxidants.
Be careful when selecting your olive oil to ensure that it has not been diluted with other vegetable oils. Choosing Elanthy will ensure you maintain the quality without breaking the bank.
So, not only will Extra Virgin Olive Oil help you avoid preventative diseases, it is also delicious and can be consumed in a multitude of ways. Keep following our blog for more creative ways to add this into your diet...