Here's to Your Health


In fact, the oldest human to ever live, Jeanne Calment of France, attributed her life-long health to olive oil which she poured on all her food and rubbed into her skin. She lived for 122 years.



Vitamins

One tablespoon of Extra Virgin olive oil provides 8% of the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of Vitamin E, a natural antioxidant. It is also rich in Vitamins K, D and A.


Cholesterol

There are three types of dietary fat: saturated, polyunsaturated and mono-unsaturated. Both polyunsaturated and mono-unsaturated fats can lower blood cholesterol levels, as they are lower in the Low Density Lipids (LDL), known as bad cholesterol and higher in High Density Lipids (HDL) or good cholesterol. LDL oxidation is a step towards arteriosclerosis, which in turn leads to coronary heart disease. High levels of natural antioxidants in Extra Virgin olive oil prevent the oxidation of LDL. Olive oil contains no cholesterol.


Weight Loss

Like all other fats and oils, olive oil is high in calories (all cooking oils have about 120 calories per tablespoon) which could suggest that it would contribute to obesity. However, evidence shows that there is less obesity among Mediterranean people----the largest consumers of olive oil in the world. It has been demonstrated that an olive oil-rich diet---like the Mediterranean diet---leads to greater and longer lasting weight loss than a low fat diet.


Immune System

Olive oil helps protect the immune system against external attacks from microorganisms, bacteria and viruses. The fatty acids in olive oil are good allies in lowering important immunological parameters.


Blood Pressure

It has been demonstrated that the addition of olive oil to a diet that has not changed in any other way has a lowering effect on blood pressure.


Cancer

Epidemiological studies suggest olive oil has a protective effect against breast, prostate, ovarian and colon cancer. Research has revealed that the type rather than the quantity of fat seems to have more implications for cancer incidence. Olive oil is high in antioxidants, chemicals that fight cancer. It also contains, oleic acid, a fatty acid that is believed to suppress a gene responsible for over 25% of breast cancers.


Diabetes

An olive oil-rich diet is not only a good alternative in the treatment of diabetes; it may also help to prevent or delay the onset of the disease by preventing insulin resistance and its possible harmful implications by raising HDL cholesterol, lowering triglycerides and ensuring better blood sugar level control while lowering blood pressure.


Heart

According to the Food and Drug Administration, consuming about 2 tablespoons of olive oil a day may reduce your risk of heart disease. You can get the most benefit by substituting olive oil for saturated fats rather than just adding more olive oil to your diet.


Antioxidants

All types of olive oil provide monounsaturated fat, but Extra Virgin oil is the least processed form. Because of its low acidity, Extra Virgin contains the highest levels of polyphenols, a powerful antioxidant. Both ollo blends average less than 0.3% oleic acid giving them a very high concentration of antioxidants.


Arthritis

A study in Greece showed that people who had the lowest lifetime consumption of Extra Virgin olive oil had 2.5 times greater probability of developing rheumatoid arthritis compared to those with the highest lifetime consumption. A rheumatologist of the Arthritis Foundation cites that adding olive oil, especially Extra Virgin, to your diet could help you protect against rheumatoid arthritis.


Aging

Medical studies indicate that diets deficient in vitamin E accelerate the breakdown of certain fatty acids, a process which invariably leads to aging. The vitamin E content in olive oil provides a defense against this and helps maintain mental faculties and muscular control longer and better.

Aging reduces digestive capacity resulting in difficulty absorbing nutrients, especially vitamins and minerals. Olive oil is very digestible and its nutrients are easier to digest. It also has beneficial effects aiding digestion and stimulating the appetite.

Bone calcification can be rectified by olive oil consumption as well. Studies show that a diet containing oleic acid and a moderate supply of essential fatty acids is needed for healthy bone mineralization – a process that aids the developing bones in children and prevents calcium loss in adults.

Type of Olive Oil

Oleic Acidity

 

Extra Virgin olive oil

 

Less than 0.8%

 

Virgin olive oil

 

Less than 2.0%

 

Olive oil

 

tless han 3.3%

 

Refined olive oil

 

Less than 0.3%

(refined from Lampante Virgin oil [over 3.3% acidity] with heat, filtration, and/or chemical processes)

*ollo makes no implicit claim that its product is a health product. Health benefits have been researched from various sources, including the Mayo Clinic, US Food & Drug Administration, Harvard School of Public Health and Deakin University asp.