Extra virgin olive oil has been used for centuries as both food and medicine.
It is one of the staples of the Mediterranean diet due to its nutritive
and health benefits.
Extra virgin olive oil is rich in health promoting and protecting compounds.
It is high in vitamins E and K both of which protect the body from disease.
It is a good source of both omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids which help to
strengthen cell membranes
Research also is showing that extra virgin olive oil (unrefined) is rich
in polyphenols. These phytochemicals are potent antioxidants. It is thought
that consumption may contribute to the lower incidence of heart disease
and cancer seen in the Mediterranean region.
Researchers suspect that these antioxidant polyphenols are responsible
for a reduction of blood pressure in high blood pressure patients. A study
published in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine reports concluded
that people on high blood pressure medications may be able to reduce the
amount of medicine they take if they substitute extra-virgin olive oil for
other types of fats in their diet.