Did you know that oil, called oleocanthal, prevents the production of pro-inflammatory COX-1 and COX-2 enzymes – the same way ibuprofen works?
By inhibiting these enzymes, inflammation and the increase in pain sensitivity associated with them is can be dampened. Additionally, researchers have found the intensity of the “throaty bite” in oil is directly related to the amount of oleocanthal it contains. Virgin olive oils from quality olives, usually tend to have the highest oleocanthal levels.
A study published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry in 2015 payed close attention specifically at the benefits of oleocanthal for rheumatoid arthritis. After thorough studies, researchers found that this compound had a drastic impact not only on chronic inflammation but also on other severe inflammatory processes as well.
Extra-virgin olive oil has a variety of benefits beyond stemming inflammation. Several studies have shown benefits for heart health, bone Loss, and neurological diseases (affecting the brain, spine, muscles and connecting nerves)
Researchers say that about 3 1/2 Tbsp. of the oil is equal to a 200-mg tablet of ibuprofen. Ibuprofen is generally used to help control pain and inflammation. But serious side effects can occur if it’s used for more than 10 days. Did you know that virgin olive oil may actually help you lessen how much you need to take?
Be aware that 3 1/2 Tbsp. of the oil has more than 400 calories. So, it’s a good idea to use in moderation so that excess calories don’t lead to weight gain.
We also recommend that you don’t heat olive oil to high temperatures (about 410 degrees), because this kills some of the beneficial properties of olive oil. At lower temperatures, you can sauté vegetables (300 degrees) or fry breaded items (340 degrees), and reap the benefits of switching out butter for olive oil. You can also use it at room temperature in salad dressings, as a dip for bread, or for tossing pasta or veggies.
One final word of advise: Protect the oil’s healthful properties by keeping them in a cool, dark cupboard or pantry, (the fridge works too).
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