Olive oil is one of the world's oldest foods and is the cornerstone of the Mediterranean diet - a diet that sustains some of the healthiest populations and is associated with a low rate of cardiovascular disease. The health benefits of olive oil are so extensive that it's considered a functional food. To reap these benefits, one should consume at least 2 tablespoons every day.
Olive oil is carbohydrate free, high in vitamin E and vitamin K and is delicious drizzled over vegetables and salad greens, or paired with balsamic vinegar as a bread dip. However you choose to consume olive oil, it's a healthy idea to make this amazing food the cornerstone of your diet.
Here is a partial list of olive oil's claim to fame:
Olive oil lowers your risk of developing high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol and triglycerides.
Olive oil reduces inflammation.
Olive oil helps to prevent hardening of the arteries.
Olive oil increases immunity due to it's high antioxidant levels.
Olive oil enhances insulin sensitivity.
Olive oil may help to prevent stokes in elderly people.
Olive oil protects the body against breast cancer.
Olive oil contains a compound called oleocanthal which actually helps to shuttle abnormal Alzheimer's disease proteins from the brain.
Olive oil contains oleic acid and hydroxytyrosol, which can protect one from acute pancreatitis.
Olive oil may protect the liver from oxidative stress.
Oleic acid, found in olive oil, dramatically lowers one's risk of developing ulcerative colitis.