Olive oil has long been known to be good for the heart.

OlioarteNow scientists have found out exactly how good it can be. And it doesn’t take much to enjoy the benefits.

According to their research, just two tablespoons of olive oil almost halves your risk of dying from heart disease. The equivalent of one tablespoon cuts the risk by around 28 per cent.

The phenomenal effects of olives on human health are known for a long time. We know that Hypocrates recommended fresh green olives for those patients with psychological disorders. Documents have been discovered showing that olive oil was used in Mediterranean countries upon gynecological complaints, ear ache, constipation of kids and stomach complaints of grown-ups in the Middle Ages. Extra virgin olive oil is rich in antioxidants and helps to absorb vitamin A, D, E, and K.

Thanks to its composition, extra virgin olive oil extracted cold is the fat that is simpler to digest

A new study showed that olive oil might be the best choice of salad dressing when it comes to absorbing nutrients from the vegetables. It appears that monounsaturated fats provide the most efficient absorption of carotenoids, pigments with antioxidant activity present in vegetables and fruit.

OlioarteA new olive oil based product has recently been patented and is being marketed to hospitals and health centres in some countries as a result of a study carried out by a team of nurses at the Health Agencies the past two years. A study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, showed that "women who used olive oil more than once a day, had a 25% lower risk of breast cancer than women who used it less often."

The study was originally intended to investigate and evaluate the effectiveness of extra virgin olive oil in the prevention of pressure ulcers, a technique that is common in traditional medicine. It was found that the fatty acids present in extra virgin olive oil encourage regeneration of the skin, in addition to increasing its hydration, elasticity and strength.

Want to have a better quality of life? Try following the Mediterranean diet.

According to some researchers from the Universities, adherence to a Mediterranean style diet rich in olive oil, fruits, vegetables and fish is associated with better mental and physical health.

According to a new study published in the Annals of Neurology, monounsaturated fats, the "good" fats found in high amounts in olive oil, were associated with better cognitive function and memory, while saturated fats, the harmful fats found in animal fats such as butter, were associated with worse overall cognitive function and memory.

OlioarteScience shows that certain lifestyle factors including diet can decrease breast cancer risk. In regards to diet, previous research points to the protective effect of a plant based diet similar to the Mediterranean diet.

A study carried out by the Lipid Unit of one Hospital Clinic suggests that high consumption of olive oil, along with other foods rich in antioxidant polyphenols, may improve cognitive function and prevent neurodegenerative diseases. Polyphenols are known to be powerful antioxidants which may help to reverse oxidative damage that occurs in the aging process. This damage is thought to be a causative factor for the development of many lifestyle diseases including, heart disease, Type 2 Diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease.

Recent research carried out at the Hospital of Paraplegics, has shown promising effects of a component of olive oil in combination with albumin in the treatment of some spinal injuries.

Oleic Acid molecules, extracted from olive oil and the main protein in blood have demonstrated potential uses in pain relief and recovery from spinal trauma in animal models.

According to data from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC), fried food may not harm the heart as long as it is fried in olive oil.Although frying is generally considered unhealthy mainly because it increases calorie and fat intake, under certain circumstances it can be a part of a healthy diet. But it is important to note that the fried foods in this situation are fried mainly in olive oil that has not been reused and that the temperature does not surpass 180 degrees.

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