The extra virgin olive oil, consumed along with a Mediterranean diet, is beneficial for the prevention of cardiovascular disease. Numerous studies demonstrate the anti-inflammatory power of polyphenols that help protect against atherosclerosis.
In addition, olive oil is rich in oleic acid (C18: 1). It is a monounsaturated fat (MUFA) cardiosaludable, increasing HDL (good), without increasing the total cholesterol.
Its therapeutic qualities do not end there. Some studies have suggested that diets rich in olive oil may protect against some cancers, such as breast cancer. They could also help control obesity and type 2 diabetes as part of a healthy diet.