(HealthyResearch.com) – Let’s face it, no diet is perfect, but some people do better than others. Whether you’re a fast-food junkie or a strict vegan, you may be able to do more to protect your long-term health. Adding a half a tablespoon of olive oil to your daily regimen may make a huge difference. Here’s why.
Powerful Anti-Inflammatory Effects
Olive oil is a great source of polyphenols, powerful antioxidants that bust inflammation and fight against related diseases. One of these compounds, oleocanthal, uses the same anti-inflammatory pathways as ibuprofen — and it may actually use them more effectively. This tiny antioxidant is so beneficial, it may work as a preventative for joint degenerative disease, neurodegenerative disease and atherosclerosis.
Improves Cardiovascular Health
According to the American Heart Association, consuming just half a tablespoon of olive oil each day can reduce all types of cardiovascular disease risks by 15% — and it may reduce coronary heart disease risks by a whopping 21%. You may be able to reduce your heart disease risks by another 5% by regularly substituting one teaspoon of butter, mayo or other dairy fat with olive oil in your meals.
Reduces Cancer Risks
Another olive oil polyphenol researchers have focused on, oleuropein, has shown incredible anti-cancer capabilities. It may inhibit the growth of breast, prostate and bone cancers, and it’s shown promise in destroying liver tumor cells. In lung cancer, it may reduce the occurrence of metastasis. This means olive oil could be a quick and easy preventative move, and also a good choice if cancer has already struck.
May Help Prevent Diabetes
Yet another polyphenol, hydroxytyrosol, has shown promise in diabetes prevention. A study published in Nature found regular olive oil intake could reduce overall blood sugar readings and lower fasting glucose levels. Another study published by the American Diabetes Association showed that adding olive oil to a meal with a high glycemic index reduced the effects of the sugar load on the body.
Could Help You Lose Weight
It may seem counterintuitive that an added fat in your diet might aid in weight loss, but increased olive oil intake might slim your waistline. According to another Nature article, the types of fatty acids you include in your diet may have a huge impact on your obesity risk. No other vegetable oil has this potential effect on weight.
Olive oil is a great choice for your health, with too many benefits to ignore. Start adding more to your diet to reduce inflammation and cut your risks for many preventable diseases. Work your way up to a half a tablespoon a day and reap the healthy rewards.
~Here’s to Your Health & Safety!
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