1. Olive oil contains monounsaturated fats
2. Olive oil is rich in antioxidants
3. Olive oil has strong anti-inflammatory properties
Olive oil can reduce inflammation, with main anti-inflammatory effects being mediated by antioxidants, most notably, oleocanthal, which works similarly to ibuprofen (an anti-inflammatory drug), according to one study. Another study suggests that oleocanthal in just 3.4 tablespoons (50ml) of extra virgin olive oil has a similar effect to an adult dosage of ibuprofen.
Further research also suggests that oleic acid, which is the main fatty acid in olive oil, can reduce anti-inflammatory markers, such as C-reactive protein (CRP). There was another study carried out which showed the antioxidants in olive can actually inhibit some genes and proteins that only encourage inflammation. With all of this research into the same health benefit, it’s easy to see that olive oil does in fact have anti-inflammatory properties.
4. Olive oil could help to protect against heart disease
5. Olive oil hasn’t been linked to weight gain or obesity
6. Olive oil can reduce the risk of developing type 2 Diabetes
7. Olive oil has antibacterial properties
According to the National Library of Medicine, olive oil contains nutrients that can either kill or simply inhibit harmful bacteria. One of those harmful bacteria, states the same source, is Helicobacter pylori. This is a bacterium that lives in the gut, although it has the ability to cause stomach ulcers and other serious medical conditions
A different journal entry from the National Library of Medicine details a test-tube study which found that extra virgin olive oil can fight eight different strains of this bacterium, three of which have been found to be resistant to antibiotics. Another study found in the Wiley Online Library suggested that just 30 grams of extra virgin olive oil, consumed on a daily basis, has the ability to eliminate Helicobacter pylori infections within just two weeks, in between 10-40% of those involved in the experiment.