Olive oil consists of 14% saturated fat and 11% polyunsaturated fat such as omega-3 and omega-6, but most of all it contains monounsaturated oleic acid, which makes up 73% of the total composition. According to the research, the latter reduces inflammation and may have an impact on cancer prevention. In addition, monounsaturated fats are resistant to high temperatures, so the oil remains useful even when frying.
Olive oil helps fight arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease, when the immune system fails, healthy cells in the body are affected and joints are destroyed. Adding olive oil to meals helps reduce oxidative stress and inflammation. Doctors advise combining it with fish oil, this cocktail strengthens joints, relieves pain and reduces hand stiffness with arthritis.
The scientists believe that olive oil has beneficial effects on blood sugar and insulin sensitivity. This was confirmed by the study of 418 people, in which the Mediterranean diet reduced the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by over than 40%.
It is important to bear in mind that the remaining elements, proteins and carbohydrates, must be balanced in the diet for a healthy diet.
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