The Anti Inflammatory Properties Of Virgin Olive Oil are Revealed in a New Study
A study was conducted by researchers at the Hospital Universitario Reina Sofia de Cordoba to see if the consumption of micronutirients of certain fats would modify the inflammatory process of healthy people in regards to cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. It was determined that a diet rich in butter has a damaging effect, a diet rich in nuts has an intermediate effect and a diet rich in extra virgin olive oil has a moderate effect on the downward trend of health.
The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism or Atherosclerosis, journals which are devoted to the nutrition field, support the finding of Doctors Francisco Perez Jimenez and Jose Lopez Miranda and their team at the Lipids and Atherosclerosis Unit of the Reina Sofia University Hospital and has been collaborated with the Jimenez Diaz Foundations Laboratory of Experimental Nephrology and Vascular Pathology.
Observations were made during the study that olive oils reduced the plasmatic concentration of molecules that favor inflammation and express in the walls of blood vessels. This is further confirmation that consumption of olive oil and its properties leads to an improvement in the inflammatory states. A high level of micronutrients in the olive oil is believed to be the reason for this effect. Even though scientists are still not sure of the remainder of the effects of these micronutrients, they do believe that one property they posses is a similar characteristic of anti-inflammatory medications.
Properties of Antioxidants
At the Reina Sofia Hospital, the Lipids and Atherosclerosis Unit is researching what the long term benefits of the actual consumption of olive oil are; “The main property of olive oil is its richness of antioxidants, which makes it a unique fat. Therefore, we must clarify which is the added value of its components, as that is the only way to establish that a healthy diet must contain live oil as its main fat” are the words from Doctor Pablo Perex Martinez. He further states that “olive oil is a key food in the Mediterranean diet as it is its main source of fats and provides it with high-nutritional-value micro-components.” Through his research, he believes that your LDL (bad cholesterol) is reduced by a diet featuring olive oil. He also believes that this diet will improve the condition of diabetes, reduce the likelihood of those that are suffering from thrombosis and will also bring down arterial pressure. As technology improves each and every year, we are realizing the production of other oils that have similar traits to olive oil. These are the oils that are extracted from things like canola, soya and sunflower seeds. The doctor believes that there is a major difference though as he states, “olive oil is a natural juice, which contains hundreds of non-fatty micro-components of biological interest, such as Vitamin E, carotenes, scalene, chlorophyll and, especially, phenolic compounds.”
Benefits of Micronutrients
The benefits of having a diet that is modeled after the Mediterranean diet is again confirmed by a study conducted by Doctor Perez Martinez as he states, “a model of feeding with a high monounsaturated fat content from virgin olive oil, able to induce a wide range of biological effects on the cardiovascular system”. Furthermore, Consuming olive oil that is rich in micro-components, such as those found in extra virgin olive oil, current studies are defining that there are benefits or conditions are turned in your favor regarding anti-inflammatory conditions.
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