PAIN RELIEVER/ ANTI INFLAMMATORY
Oleocanthal, a compound found in olive oil has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Research has found its properties to be strikingly similar to that of the drug ibuprofen in inhibiting the cyclooxygenase (Cox) enzyme that causes pain and inflammation.
Olive oil has the highest quantity of monounsaturated fat than any oil. Monounsaturated fats do not oxidize (oxidation increases risk of cancer). Phenols in the oil have potential antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, chemo-preventive and anti-cancer benefits. Olive oil has the highest amount of alpha-tocopherol Vitamin E of any oil. Alpha-tocopherol is the form of Vitamin E that works like an antioxidant. Since monounsaturated fats do not oxidize, this Vitamin E can be used to stop other oxidation in the body. Olive oil also contains lignans, a type of phytonutrient found in fiber which has been related to decreased risk of cancer. Lastly, olive oil contains squalene, a tumor inhibitor.
Extra-virgin olive oil has more mono-unsaturated healthy omega- fatty acids than any other fruit oil. These aid in reduction of total cholesterol and an increase in the high-density cholesterol (HDL-C), which has a protective effect on blood vessels.
IMPROVED SENSITIVITY TO INSULIN
Improves sensitivity of cells to insulin. This means insulin works better, resulting in a lower amount needed to lower any given amount of glucose. Lower blood insulin has been related to a decrease in cancer risk. It also helps to prevent cardiovascular disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity.
Phenolic compounds are potent antioxidants found in extra-virgin olive oil. Antioxidants are the nutritional equivalent of a man’s best friend. They are loyal protectors and nurturers of our cells and repel disease including cancer and Alzheimer’s. Antioxidants achieve this by fighting free radicals - harmful oxygen molecules that damage our cells and cause aging. They turn off the activity of genes that produce the kind of inflammation that causes coronary heart disease. They decrease production of inflammatory chemicals called thromboxanes and leukotrienes, and decrease the production of oxidized LDL cholesterol.