Olive oil is the basis of the Mediterranean diet, one of the most popular and proven healthy diets in the world. Olive oil contains large amounts of monounsaturated fat (75%) and antioxidants, thus protecting against so-called oxidative stress, which causes aging.
Monounsaturated fats are considered “good fat” and a multitude of studies have shown that they are related to the reduction of cardiovascular disease, as you believe that olive oil reduces levels of “bad cholesterol” and triglycerides. Also, regular consumption of olive oil seems to reduce blood pressure.
Many studies have found that olive oil contains substances (such as squalene and lignans) that are very likely to protect our body from cancer. The British Health System (NHS) recommends a balanced Mediterranean diet, rich in fruits, vegetables, fish and olive oil in patients with type 2 diabetes, as it is believed to help control blood sugar.
A study of 2014 by researchers from the University of Madrid showed that the incidence of osteoporosis is lower in countries like Greece, where olive oil consumption is predominant.
In 2010, researchers from the University of Monastir in Tunisia, found that regular consumption of extra virgin olive oil protects the liver from cell damage associated with oxidative stress.