When I say that olive oil can raise your cholesterol, I often receive puzzled looks. As you are probably aware, there are two types of cholesterol: one is harmful to health but the other is beneficial to health. EVOO increases HDL cholesterol, which is the type that benefits cardiovascular health.
HDL cholesterol produced by EVOO
• Extra virgin olive oil has a high percentage of monounsaturated fatty acids—the lipids that are responsible for increasing the level of HDL cholesterol in the blood
• This type of fatty acid contains a high-density lipoprotein that is responsible for mobilizing excess cholesterol from arteries and blood vessels and directing it to the liver.
• Once in the liver, excess cholesterol is metabolized to subsequently be flushed out of the body.
Olive oil can raise your HDL cholestero and, as a result, remove excess fat from the arterial walls. In so doing, it reduces the risk of heart disease, since it prevents the obstruction of blood circulation, as well as reducing the risk of potential clot formations that are capable of causing heart attacks or strokes.
HDL cholesterol is also crucial to ensure basic body functions, including membrane formation and agility in neural activity.
In summary, olive oil can raise your levels of healthy cholesterol while reducing the LDL cholesterol which is harmful to the body. That’s why we always recommend consuming at least two tablespoons of Carapelli EVOO per day, ensuring excellent cardiovascular health to add to the ultimate delight of consuming this oil.