Recent studies show that olive oil is good for the bones.
In a project lasting two years, researchers discovered that of the people tested, the ones who had consumed more olive oil had a higher level of serum osteocalcin, which strengthens the bones and aids metabolic regulation.
The Mediterranean area of Europe has a lower incidence of osteparosis, this is believed to be due to the high intake of olives and olive oil, along with fruit and vegetables.
Jose Manuel Fernandez Real, from the Dr Josep Trueta Hospital in Girona, is the author of the study. He says “This is the first study which demonstrates that olive oil preserves bone, at least as inferred by circulating bone markers in humans.”
It is already well known that virgin olive oil has many other beneficial properties:
- Reduces risk of cardiovascular diseases, such as hypertension, stroke or high cholesterol
- Fried olive oil does not raise the risk of heart disease, unlike other cooking oils
- Can help prevent strokes
- Maintains healthy cholesterol levels
- Lowers the risk of depression, studies have shown that those who consumed high amounts of trans fat had a higher risk of suffering from depression
- May reduce the risk of breast cancer
- Protects against alzheimers disease
- Helps prevent acute pancreatitis
- Protects the liver
- Protects from ulcerative colitis