The magical olive oil, despite being a fat, lowers the level of triglycerides and LDL cholesterol in blood while simultaneously increasing the level of HDL cholesterol. This property is highly valued by pharmaceutical companies, cardiologists and, of course, heart patients because it prevents the build up of dangerous fat in arteries which, if left unchecked, can cause many illnesses, most of them life threatening. On top of that, everyday consumption of olive oil has been proven to reduce blood pressure.
Olive oil is also a great ally in fighting cancer. It owes its bitter flavor olecocanthal , a phytonutrient that has the same effect on the body as does ibuprofen: it reduces inflammation. It is this property that, in combination with lignans, another component of olive oil, reduces the risk of breast cancer and as well as of its remission.
The health benefits of olive oil to diet are well known: it is vital to keeping diabetes in check because, being a permitted fat in a diabetic diet, it reduces the urge to cheat on the diet plan and, being a unsaturated one, it helps control the glucose levels in blood as well as increasing insulin sensitivity. For the very same reason, olive oil is one of the more important factors in fighting obesity.
Since it helps with calcium absorption and bone mineralization, olive oil is important in preventing osteoporosis. However, the most enthusing property of olive oil is the fact that each day new benefits are discovered. The most recent one: olive oil helps in reducing rheumatoid arthritis! So, while we are waiting to find out why exactly, the best thing to do would be to mark olive oil for daily use in food preparation.