In addition to strengthening the immune system and helping to protect against germs, olive oil has also been found to be effective in fighting against diseases such as:
Cancer: The phytonutrient in olive oil, oleocanthal, mimics the effect of ibuprofen in reducing inflammation, which can decrease the risk of breast cancer and its recurrence squalene and lignin are among the other olive oil elements being studied for their possible effects on cancer.
Heart Disease: Olive oil helps reduce levels of blood cholesterol leading to heart disease.
Oxidative stress: Olive oil is full of antioxidants, especially vitamin E, long thought to minimize cancer risk. Among plant oils, olive oil is the highest in monounsaturated fat, which doesn't oxidize from the body, and its low in polyunsaturated fat, the type that does oxidize.
Blood Pressure: Recent studies indicate that regular consumption of olive oil can help decrease both systolic and diastolic blood pressure.
Diabetes: It has been demonstrated that a diet rich in olive oil, low in saturated fats, moderately full of carbohydrates and soluble fiber from fruits, vegetables, legumes and grains is he most effective approach for diabetics. It will help reduce"bad" low-density lipoproteins while improving blood sugar control and enhances insulin sensitivity.
Obesity: Although high in calories, olive oil has proven to help decrease levels of obesity.
Rheumatoid Arthritis: Although the reasons are still not fully clear, recent studies have proved that individuals with diets containing high levels of olive oil are not as likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis.
Osteoporosis: A high consumption of olive oil appears to boost bone mineralization and calcification. It assists calcium absorption and so plays an important role in aiding sufferers and in preventing the onset of osteoporosis.