Extra virgin olive oil is good for the heart!

  • Post last modified:12/09/2022
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Do you know that extra virgin olive oil is good for your heart?! Extra virgin olive oil is not only a valuable condiment but also an indispensable food for our health because it contributes to the well-being of the heart and arteries in a healthy and natural way. Consumed daily, its nutritional properties help to combat cardiovascular problems, as it is rich in vitamin E and monounsaturated fats, and has strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

The regular consumption of extra virgin olive oil, in place of animal fats and other vegetable oils, improves cardiovascular well-being from various points of view, let’s have a look together on it:

  • Arterial hypertension: high blood pressure is a disorder that affects many people in Italy and worldwide. It is essential to keep blood pressure values within certain ranges (<140 mmHg for systolic or “maximum” blood pressure and <90 mmHg for diastolic or “minimum” blood pressure) because, if neglected, high blood pressure can turn into an important cardiovascular risk factor. Extra virgin olive oil has a positive effect on hypertension by lowering both diastolic (minimum) and systolic (maximum) blood pressure
  • Thrombotic risk: the formation of blood clots in the brain or heart is a major cause of heart attacks, strokes and death. The regular consumption of extra virgin olive oil reduces the risk of blood clots, thanks to a protein called ApoA-IV. Which is its function? It regulates the excess ‘activity’ of platelets. As we know, platelets are cells that serve to prevent bleeding, but if they aggregate improperly, they can lead to thrombi and thus block blood circulation. By eating foods containing unsaturated fats, of which extra virgin olive oil is rich, increases the levels of ApoA-IV in the blood, as numerous scientific studies have shown
  • Atherosclerosis: the formation of atherosclerotic plaques on the inner surface of the blood vessels (endothelium) exposes humans to the risk of occlusion of the vascular lumen and consequent stroke, myocardial infarction, thrombosis and thrombo-embolism. The regular consumption of extra virgin olive oil has been shown to slow down the atherosclerotic process, as it inhibits the damage caused by oxidative stress and acts on restoring endothelial function
  • Hypercholesterolemia: high cholesterol levels lead to atherosclerosis. Extra virgin olive oil reduces total cholesterol by increasing the HDL fraction (so-called “good” cholesterol) and decreasing the LDL fraction (so-called “bad” cholesterol). Overall, it improves the overall lipid profile, favoring the balance of the biosynthesis processes of the human body

The use of extra virgin olive oil, as part of the Mediterranean diet, is therefore suitable for everyone as health preventive measure as well as for people already suffering from high blood pressure and heart diseases. For this reason, extra virgin olive oil is considered an elixir of long life, a real cure-all for our body, being considered the best among the fats that can be used for dressing.

Being aware that extra virgin olive oil plays a fundamental role for our health, the oil mill S. Carlo daily commits itself to offer you an Italian extra virgin olive oil that preserves its beneficial properties from the field to your table.

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