Nowadays, there are many researches that show that the olive oil consumption has very positive effects on our health.
Olive oil improves cardiovascular health and helps to prevent thrombosis; it also promotes digestion and intestinal transit, preventing ulcers and gallstones appearance. Besides, it has special interest in the prevention of aging phenomena.
The beneficial effects of olive oil on health are mainly due to its major component, oleic acid, a monounsaturated fatty acid and its high content of antioxidants, such as vitamin E and polyphenols.
Oleic acid helps to reduce low density lipoproteins LDL, or bad cholesterol, without affecting HDL or good cholesterol, so these unes, used regularly, help us to regulate cholesterol levels.
Antioxidants also play an important role in the arteries. Low density lipoproteins LDL, or bad cholesterol, are really harmful when they are oxidized, because it forms a plaque which accumulates and increases the chances of blocking an artery. The antioxidants in olive oil help to prevent oxidation.