Since the beginning of our project we have always reporting the numerous benefits of the olive oil. First, as a concept: the cultivation of olive trees leaves us closer to the traditional way of life, our Mediterranean culture, our origins, the slow life and the maintenance of a form of the agriculture that is increasingly threatened and it is more and more necessary to preserve.
Secondly, as a product, the extra virgin olive oil, and especially our olive oil, brings many benefits for our health.
Today we would like to share an interesting article from the French website Néo-Nutrition, focused in healthy foods. We strongly recommend it from here.
In one of their articles, they revealed the exact composition of olive oil. And the formula is the following.
Each 100 ml of olive oil contains:
- 73% monounsaturated fatty acids
- 8% of saturated fatty acids
- 7% omega-6 fatty acids (poly-unsaturated)
- 76% omega-3 fatty acids (poly-unsaturated)
- 75% of our recommended daily intake of vitamin K
- 72% of our recommended daily intake of vitamin E
The article explains us that the ratio between omega-6 and omega-3 in olive oil is greater than 10 to 1. For that reason, it would be convenient to enrich our diet with fish or nuts.
On the other hand, in previous posts we have already seen the huge antioxidant capacity of the olive oil, which helps to fight many of the inflammatory diseases and premature aging. In a sense, olive oil is almost like a natural “iburoprofen”.
Likewise, some benefits have been identified in the prevention of heart disease. Among these, the reduction of blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood clots. The article also cites a study showing that adopting the Mediterranean diet, rich in olive oil, reduces the risk of coronary diseases by 30%.
Finally, some research suggest that olive oil would be linked to a reduction in the chances of contracting cancer or Alzheimer’s disease, although the evidences are not yet conclusive.
In any case, today you have learned the secret formula of the oil, quite different from Getafix´ Magic Potion!