Olive Oil Protects Your Heart

Recipes for salad dressing and a marinade made with olive oil.

According to new research olive oil surpasses all the other oils in protecting your heart from failing and arteries from hardening.  One of the reasons it is the healthy choice:

Olive oil contains monounsaturated fat, which can lower your risk of heart disease by reducing the total and low-density lipoprotein (LDL, or “bad”) cholesterol levels in your blood.

According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), consuming about 2 tablespoons (23 grams) of olive oil a day may reduce your risk of heart disease.

There are many different types of olive oil, the most recommend is “extra-virgin” or “virgin” these are the least processed and have the highest levels of polyphenols, a powerful antioxidant.

Portuguese researchers showed that one particular antioxidant in olive oil  — DHPEA-EDA — protects red blood cells from damage more than any other part of olive oil.

This will give you your greatest protection from heart attack and strokes.

The discovery could lead to the development of functional oils designed to protect the human body from heart disease.

It is well known that heart disease is caused partly by reactive oxygen, including free radicals, acting on LDL or “bad” cholesterol, which causes hardening of the arteries. Red blood cells are particularly susceptible to oxidative damage because they are the body’s oxygen carriers.

In virgin olive oils, DHPEA-EDA may make up as much as half the total antioxidant component of the oil.

So along with the baby aspirin my doctor has recommended I take everyday, it looks like I will be cooking even more with olive oil.

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One thought on “Olive Oil Protects Your Heart

  1. I recently read about a scam in which an Italian crew was coloring and flavoring vegetable oil and slapping extra virgin labels on the bottles for export to the US. Sort of an amusing scam.

    I am not sure I ever had an “extra” virgin. Oh never mind…

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