Olivar de Segura Extra Virgin Olive Oil is certainly an excellent vegetable oil due to its fatty acid content and natural antioxidants.
Its high content of monounsaturated oleic acid and high content in polyphenols* make it the most stable oil that there is. This means that it lasts longer and is less likely to go stale, and reacts well to heat when cooking.
The high content of vitamin E and polyphenols, natural antioxidants, as well as being responsible for the bitter and spicy attributes of the oil, are exactly the properties which act inside our organism and produce such beneficial effects such as:
- Reducing cholesterol.
- Naturally protecting the cardiovascular system.
- Prevents ageing, cell destruction and enhances life expectancy of cells.
- It is good for high blood pressure, and helps treatment against heart disease and cancer, as well as stimulating the gallbladder and the digestive system, (reducing gastric acid), and regulates the intestinal passage, reduces constipation and protects internal organs such as the pancreas, liver and bladder.
- It helps to absorb calcium and mineralisation, stimulating growth, as well as protecting and giving shine to the skin and hair.
Recently the Study PREDIMED (Prevention with Mediterranean Diet) has certified that the consumption of a Mediterranean rich diet in olive oils avoids the deterioration of the mental health during the oldness.
A team of researchers from the Autonomous University of Barcelona recommend taking 50 ml of extra virgin olive oil for its antioxidant and antitumor properties.
They have managed to uncover the mechanism in extra virgin olive oil which helps to reduce breast cancer.
Olive oil reduces oncogene activity, which is what stimulates tumour growth. In order for the olive oil to be effective and long-lasting, researchers recommend taking daily doses of the product over a long period of time. It is important to always choose high quality extra virgin olive oil. The daily recommended dose of extra virgin olive oil is 50ml/day.
A recent research carried out by PREDIMED (Effects of the Mediterranean Diet in the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Illnesses) is the first of its kind in proving that a daily dose of this product is a simple way of preventing against bone deficiencies. Furthermore, it also shows that this liquid gold makes the pancreas continue producing insulin which, when not functioning properly, can lead to diabetes.
The PREDIMED research was undertaken at the end of 2003, with some 7,400 people taking part. The aim of the study – which was a randomised medical survey – was to determine if supplementing the Mediterranean Diet with olive oil or dried fruit and nuts helped to reduce the chance of suffering cardiovascular conditions compared to a low fat diet. The results of the study have provided numerous conclusions, such as the effect on cholesterol or weight. However, new statistics are still emerging on this, as has been recently published by the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism (JCEM).
A report published in the Spanish digital newspaper elmundo.es on 15 August 2012, relating to a study carried out by Dr. José Manuel Fernandez-Real, Specialist in Diabetes, Endocrinology and Nutrition, from the Dr. Josep Tureta Hospital in Gerona, stated: "Although different experimental lab studies had linked the intake of olive oil to the prevention of the onset of osteoporosis, this is the first randomised study that shows that olive oil does in fact protect bone tissue - at least this is what data from different bone formation blood markers, such as Osteocalcin, shows. According to the aforementioned specialist, along these same markers, the effect of olive oil may be similar to those of pharmaceutical products specifically designed for osteoporosis.