In salads, in cooked vegetables, for cooking stews and roasts… olive oil is extremely versatile, has a delicious flavor, and also takes care of our health. As long as we do not abuse of course, because it also provides calories.
We have long known that it is full of healthy monounsaturated fats, antioxidants, including phenolic compounds, and vitamin E. Essential compounds to take care of our health and prevent diseases.
But to what extent can olive oil help us live longer? A study revealed a few days ago, which has lasted for decades, has the answer.
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Last January, an extensive analysis was published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, which reaches us via the Dr. Ax nutritional website.
Their objective was to verify how it affects the development of diseases, taking more or less olive oil.
Researchers examined dietary data from 60,582 women and 31,801 men over several decades. At the start of the study, all participants were free of cardiovascular disease and cancer. Every four years the diet of the participants was evaluated.
The results have found a connection between taking olive oil, and greater longevity:
- A higher consumption of olive oil (more than half a tablespoon a day) was associated with a 19% lower risk of dying from cardiovascular disease
- People who consumed more olive oil had a 17% lower risk of death from cancer.
- High consumption also led to a 29% lower risk of death from neurodegenerative diseases and an 18% lower risk of death from respiratory diseases
In short, olive oil prevents deadly diseases of all kinds, from cancer to respiratory problems. of the heart, brain and respiratory diseases.
A true superfood.
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A tablespoon a day
To obtain these benefits it is necessary to take at least 10 grams, approximately one tablespoon a day, of olive oil.
Fortunately, it is very easy to take this amount without effort: it can be added raw to salads, purees, and even on a pizza.
It is also worth using it to sauté vegetables, in stews, etc. . To maintain its beneficial effects, if heated, it should not reach very high temperatures.