Why is olive oil good for you?

I imagine that, like me, you enjoy the taste of top quality extra virgin olive oil. Feeling the density, the aroma and the aftertaste that it leaves on the palate is a favorite obsession of mine. This is something obvious, but there is something else that cannot be perceived so easily: why is olive oil good for you?

Oil pouring and dripping to the spoon close up


As I mentioned before, the taste of a good extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) is unmistakable. Taking this for granted, I want to tell you about the properties of this oil, which will greatly improve your health.

EVOO contains monounsaturated fats, vitamin E, Omega 3, polyphenols and oleocanthal, among other properties. These benefit your cardiovascular health, because they cause a reduction in damaging cholesterol and triglycerides.

It is also an antioxidant food; this means that it keeps cells young and strong, preventing potential carcinogenic cells. On the other hand, polyphenols also help to prevent loss of bone density, reducing problems of osteoporosis.

It also acts as a natural antiinflammatory, owing to its oleocanthal content. It can thus be considered beneficial for people with fibromyalgia, and those who experience pain from any kind of inflammation – arthritis, migraines, etc.

Now you know why olive oil is good for you. Given that it helps maintain your cardiovascular health, prevents potentially serious illnesses and is delicious, you don’t need any other excuses to enjoy it. With two tablespoons of olive oil a day, and a balanced diet, your health will improve.