As the Olive Oil intake of Americans increases (and increase it has!), so has the amount of research being taken into the incredible health benefits of 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil in fighting Breast Cancer.
A recent study into the effects of one of Extra Virgin Olive Oil's main components, oleic acid, shows it to be effective in breast cancer prevention and treatment. In addition, Oleic acid, which is a monounsaturated fatty acid, can weaken a cancer gene discovered in 25-30% of all breast cancers according to a study published in the Annals of Oncology.
Moreover, this same oleic acid has shown to drastically increase the effectiveness of the breast cancer drug Herceptin.
Monounsaturated Fatty Acids
Olive Oil is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids, or Monounsaturated Fatty Acids, and their are a variety of health benefits. For example, a government study proved that these fatty acids didn’t cause any weight gain and help prevent type 2 diabetes. For diabetics, these Monounsaturated Fatty Acids can assist in regulating insulin and blood sugar levels. Monounsaturated Fatty Acids also have shown positive links to reduce heart problems and the rate of heart disease deaths.
Olive Oil contains very valuable antioxidants such as Vitamin E & K and Oleocanthal. Oleocanthal is a much discussed antioxidant, the primary phenolic compound discovered in olive oil. You can almost measure the amount present in a specific Olive Oil yourself by the amount of 'stinging' you get in the back of your throat.
Oleocanthal has incredible anti-inflammatory effects and can be used as an effective pain reliever, without the harmful gastrointestinal side effects of drugs such as ibuprofen.
A recent study conducted by Rutgers University and Hunter College displays that, in the lab, Oleocanthal can kill a cancer cell in just 30 minutes. Oleocanthal attacks the lysosomes in cancer cells, but not healthy cells, to destroy the cell.
Certainly the human body is much more complicated than cells in a lab, but this study as a proof of concept reinforces the possibilities of this antioxidants and the extensive amount of health benefits with Olive Oils.
The high phenol concentration discovered in Extra Virgin Olive Oil is responsible for many of the health benefits. A compelling new study conducted in Spain displays that cooking your vegetables in olive oil actually results in a higher phenol content in the vegetables versus other methods such as boiling or steaming.
So if you were uncertain about cooking with Olive Oil, this study actually proves that cooking with Olive Oil improves the nutritional content of the dish.
Of course, all of these benefits are possible by using 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Nutrients are directly matched with the quality of the Olive Oil and buying inexpensive mass produced oils from the supermarket simply will not deliver these qualities.