For many of us, olive oil is just something we add to our pans to cook food or drizzle on the top of a salad for extra flavour. Whilst this may be true, there are other reasons why olive oil should be incorporated into our diets, every day! New research is discovering that there are countless ways that olive oil can improve our diets and lifestyles. In this post we are going to discuss some of the many health benefits of olive oil and why you should grab a bottle now!
It has been demonstrated that a diet that is rich in olive oil is the most effective approach to diabetes. It helps lower ‘bad’ low-density lipoproteins whilst improving blood sugar control and enhancing insulin sensitivity.
A diet rich in olive oil may be able to reduce the ageing of the heart. Studies have shown that olive oil can improve the arterial function of elderly individuals. The results showed that when healthy elderly participants followed the Mediterranean diet rich in olive oil, they had a lower number of the damaging microparticles and higher concentrations of the cells that replace damaged endothelial cells.
Moisturises the skin
Olive oil is closer in chemical structure to the skin’s natural oil than any other naturally occurring oil. Therefore, it acts as the perfect moisturiser for the skin. It has regenerative power over skin tissue and thus regular usage ensures that your skin remains soft and smooth while keeping it toned and firm.
It can promote the absorption of calcium in the body, which is extremely necessary for the mineralisation of the bones. It also prevents our bones from getting fragile by maintaining their mass. Therefore, we do not end up developing serious bone disorders like osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, etc.