The Mediterranean Way Of Life – Part 5, The Role of Olive Oil

In our last post, we discussed how olive oil plays an important fact to the Mediterranean diet and how it can help reduce cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and help you overall on your diet.

Today we will continue where we left off- explaining the medicinal properties of olive oil.

Studies show that olive oil may be used to significantly reduce osteoporosis. This is a type of infection which causes reduction in the mass of bones, putting people at a risk of fractures. A test carried out on rats indicated that olive oil increases amounts of phosphorous, calcium and nitrates in the blood, which results in improved thickness of bones to reduce the occurrence of the disease.

Blood pressure can significantly be balanced through intake of sufficient amounts of olive oil. Research indicates that it is essential in reducing both diastolic and systolic blood pressures. It is helpful to people taking a diet rich in high amounts fat, whereby three ounces of the fluid each day significantly lower the blood pressure.

The amount of good and bad cholesterol in the body can be controlled by olive oil. The cholesterol considered as bad to the body is LDL, which can be controlled by olive oil because it contains the monounsaturated fats. The oil will also increase the amounts of HDL cholesterol, which is considered the best type of cholesterol in the body.

Olive oil has also been said to control depression. A Spanish study revealed that people who take hydrogenated fats, which are mainly found in processed food substances had a 48% risk of suffering depression. In the study, olive oil controlled the risk of cardiovascular attacks, which share a common cause with depression, related to dietary plans, hence inclusion of olive oil in the diet can greatly control the two.

So in essence this is an essential type of oil which is recommended for use instead of animal fats such as butter, where possible.

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