The Health Benefits Of Castillo de Pinar Olive Oil

HEALTH BENEFITS

Olive Oil Benefits Your Health

Good Tasting & Good For You!

According to many sources, Olive Oil is remarkably healthy for you and can offer protection from a variety of chronic degenerative diseases such as atherosclerosis, diabetes, asthma, colon cancer, and arthritis.

Olive Oil Benefits Flavor and HealthHeart Healthy

Olive Oil May Protect against Heart Disease

Relying only on olive oil may cut your risk of coronary heart disease almost in half, according to results shown in the CARDIO2000 case control study1. Also found in olive oil is a high content of monounsaturated fats and a hefty concentration of antioxidants, including chlorophyll, carotenoids and the polyphenolic compounds tyrosol, hydrotyrosol and oleuropein, all of which not only have free radical scavenging abilities, but protect the vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol).

Avoiding Atherosclerosis

Olive Oil may reduce plaque formation

By protecting LDL against oxidation, olive oil short circuits the process through which atherosclerotic plaques form.

Reducing Blood Clots

Olive Oil may help avoid formation of Blood Clots

The anti-inflammatory effects of a diet rich in virgin olive oil also results in a vascular environment in which platelets are less likely to clump together and form blood clots. Not only do olive oil's antioxidant compounds lessen the inflammation initiated by free radical damage, but olive oil is rich in inhibitors of a compound called platelet activating factor (PAF).

Low Cholesterol

Olive Oil may lower LDL and increase HDL

The Medical Science Monitor2 reported that 2 tablespoons a day of olive oil added to a person's diet resulted in a significant drop in their Cholesterol levels, greatly improving their HDL:LDL ratio, giving them higher amounts of protective HDL in relation to lower amounts of dangerous LDL cholesterol.

Olive Oil and DiabetesBetter Blood Sugar Control

Studies in diabetic patients have shown that healthy meals that contained olive oil not only had better effects on blood sugar over meals that were low in fat; but also adding olive oil to a diabetic diet helps to keep triglyceride levels low.

Supports Gastrointestinal Health

While most other fats are associated with an increased risk of colon cancer, olive oil is actually associated with a reduced risk of this disease.

Helps Prevent Belly Fat and Improve Insulin Sensitivity

What you eat may affect where fat deposits on your body. Belly fat is associated with insulin resistance, which leads to further weight gain and increases risk of type 2 diabetes.

Olive Oil and Weight LossA Fat That May Help You Lose Fat

Substituting olive oil, a monounsaturated fat, for saturated fat in your diet can translate into a small but significant loss of both body weight and fat mass without changing anything else about your diet or increasing your physical activity3.

Breast Cancer Protection

Oleic acid, the main monounsaturated fatty acid contained in olive oil, can cripple a cancer gene that is responsible for 25 to 30 percent of all breast cancers, according to an article by Northwestern University researchers published in the Jan. 10 issue of the Annals of Oncology4.

Olive Oil Phenols' May Help Prevent Bone Loss

The bone-sparing effects of olive polyphenols revealed in studies conducted by a special team at INRA (France's National Institute for Agricultural Research) are so dramatic that a new Belgian firm, BioActor, has licensed INRA's patents to use olive polyphenols for osteoporosis prevention in food, supplements and herbal medicines.

Olive Constituent Blocks Alzheimer's and Breast Cancer

Two recent studies have found that a constituent of olives and olive oil inhibits the growth of breast cancer and the development of Alzheimer's disease.

The breast cancer research comes from scientists at the King Saud University. The researchers treated human breast cancer cells with a constituent of olives known as Oleuropein. The testing found that Oleuropein produced genetic changes among breast cancer cells that serve to inhibit their ability to metastasize and grow throughout the body.

One of the two key genetic changes influenced by the Oleuropein was the inhibition of the matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) enzymes. These MMPs – specifically MMP2 and MMP9 - usher the process of metastasizing. The MMP enzymes were blocked, effectively inhibiting the spread of the cancer.

The Oleuropein extract also stimulated a genetic expression of the TIMP gene. When these genes are expressed, through a polymerase chain reaction, tumor growth is halted.

The researchers concluded that: "Treatment of breast cancer cells with oleuropein could help in prevention of cancer metastasis by increasing the TIMPs and suppressing the MMPs gene expressions."

In a separate study

...this from researchers from Greece's National Center for Scientific Research – Oleuropein was found to inhibit the development of brain cell amyloid-beta protein precursor along with β-amyloid (Aβ) metabolism. Aβ metabolism has been linked to causing long-term memory loss among elderly persons.

The researchers treated human cells that had become subjected to the growth of β-amyloid protein complex – duplicating what occurs within the brain of someone developing Alzheimer's. They treated the cells with Oleuropein and found that the olive extract interacted with the amyloid proteins in such a way that halted the Aβ metabolism process. In this case, Oleuropein stimulated MMP-9 activity amongst these amyloid-beta complexed cells. Increasing MMP-9 activity helps reduce the amyloid-beta oligomers amongst these cells.

The researchers concluded that:

"The experimental data reveal an anti-amyloidogenic effect of Oleuropein and suggest a possible protective role for Oleuropein against Alzheimer's disease, extending the spectrum of beneficial properties of this naturally occurring polyphenol."

While olives contain a number of polyphenols, Oleuropein is one of the best known. Otherpolyphenols within olives and olive oil can include hydroxytyrosol, tyrosol and verbascoside.

Along with these benefits,

Oleuropein has been found to dilate the blood vessels, reducing blood pressure and increasing bloodflow. Olive's high level of antioxidants also gives it a tremendous anti-inflammatory capacity, especially among the cardiovascular system. Olive leaf has been found to be antiviral. It appears to inhibit virus' ability to replicate, preventing viral shedding and budding within the cells and cell membrane.

Olives are also rich in a host of other beneficial nutrients, including copper, vitamin E and iron. The olive also contains a unique monounsaturated fatty acid called oleic acid. Olive oil also contains linoleic, palmitic, stearic and linolenic fatty acids. The combination of fats in olive helps balance pro-inflammatory fats such as saturated fats and arachidonic acids in other foods.

This blend of fatty acids, along with its antioxidants, gives olives and olive oil its proven ability to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and help prevent inflammatory diseases such as arthritis.

Olive oil comes with a variety of labels, including virgin or extra virgin. Virgin oil must maintain a standard of less than 1.5-2% acidity (depending upon the country or origin), while extra virgin must maintain less than 0.8% acidity. A misnomer is that extra virgin is supposed to be from the first pressing. Rather, oil manufacturers find that certain seasonal pressings of certain olive varietals will produce the desired lower acid levels.

Many also assume that extra virgin oil utilizes only a mechanical press, but virgin olive oil also must be mechanically pressed. This contrasts to using chemical solvents to extract the oil. Most conventional vegetable oils are chemically extracted, while most olive oils are mechanically pressed. It should be noted that some mechanically pressed olive oils are blended with others to achieve the lower acidity - which is regulated by the Italian, Greece and government agencies.

In addition,

High quality extra virgin olive oil is typically cold pressed, because it is mechanically pressed and utilizes less heat in the process. Most of the high quality extra virgin olive oils are cold pressed. Mechanical cold pressing helps preserve some of the heat-sensitive polyphenols and other nutrients contained within a fresh olive.

Pickling olives in a vinegar solution is one of the easiest and more delicious ways to preserve the polyphenol content of fresh olives.

1 Clinical Cardiology, Kontogianni MD, Panagiotakos DB, et al., March 26, 2007, web: onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/clc.20043/abstract, web: who.int/bulletin/archives/80%285%29371.pdf

2 Medical Science Monitor, 2004; 10(4): PI 49 - 54, web: medscimonit.com/index.php?/archives/article/11621

3 British Journal of Nutrition, (2008), 99, 29–36

4 Annals of Oncology, 16 (3): 359-371., web: annonc.oxfordjournals.org/content/16/3/359.abstract