EVOO Linked with Lower Risk of Premature Death
A recent study from
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found a higher consumption of olive oil may lower risk of premature death
. From the article:
“The researchers used health data collected between 1990 and 2018 for
60,582 women participating in the Nurses’ Health Study and 31,801 men in
the Health Professionals Follow-up Study. All participants were free of
cardiovascular disease or cancer at the beginning of the study and
completed dietary questionnaires every four years. During the study
period, 36,856 people died.
Participants were asked how often they used olive oil in salad
dressings, added to food or bread, or in baking or frying. According to
the findings, people in the highest category of olive oil consumption
(more than seven grams per day) had 19% lower risk of total and
cardiovascular disease mortality, 17% lower risk of cancer mortality,
29% lower risk of neurodegenerative mortality, and 18% lower risk of
respiratory mortality, compared with those who never or rarely consumed
Apollo Olive Oil is one of the few olive oils available that is certified
to be 100% real extra virgin olive oil.
EVOO Imparts Healthy Compounds to Breast Milk
A recent study from
the Food Sciences at the University of Barcelona found that the
polyphenols from extra virgin olive oil can cross the placenta barrier
and enter the blood plasma of the fetus. They also found these
polyphenols in breast milk, which can have potential benefits for the
infant’s health. These
studies are preliminary, done on mice in a laboratory. However, they
point to the wide-ranging benefits of consuming extra virgin olive oil,
and will certainly be the subject of further research.
Med Diet Linked With Better Sleep
A new study from
the United Arab Emirates (UAE) followed a group of 503 students from the
University of Sharjah for 5 months, and had them fill out standard
questionnaires about diet and sleep patterns. They found that 2/3 of those that
reported good sleep patterns also adhered to the Mediterranean diet. More
research needs to be done because there are many factors that affect sleep
patterns, but they did feel the Med Diet improved the chances of better sleep.
Poor sleep is partly
caused by increased inflammation brought on by cytokines. The Med Diet, including
its large intake of extra virgin olive oil, is largely anti-inflammatory – which
is why it is believed to improve sleep. The Med DIet is also rich in fruits and
vegetables containing melatonin, the hormone that is known to improve sleep
quality. In addition, they found that those with the sleep pattern of waking
early and going to bed early had better sleep quality. This happily agrees with
Benjamin Franklin’s aphorism, ‘Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy,
wealthy, and wise.”
Extra Virgin Olive Oil Can Help Reduce Osteoporosis
The PREDIMED trial
in Spain found consumption of extra virgin olive oil reduces the
occurrence of osteoprosis by 51%. This is largely due to the polyphenol
oleuropein. Osteoporosis is largely a disease caused by inflammation.
works in three ways to reduce osteoporosis. 1) It works to inhibit
enzymes that trigger inflammatory molecules (cytokines). 2) It works to
reduce oxidative stress. 3) It stimulates bone forming osteoblasts
rather than those that break down bone (osteoclasts). In this study only
extra virgin olive oils with high polyphenol counts were found to
protect against osteoporotic fractures.
Research shows olive oil can reduce harmful blood clots
Researchers at Tornoto’s Keenan Research Center
found that olive oil can help reduce the formation of harmful blood
clots in mice. It does this by promoting Apolipoprotein A-IV which is an
important component of HDL, the good cholesterol. This component
prevents blood platelets from sticking together unnecessarily. This
particular protein is low in people with a risk of cardiovascular
disease and high in those with less risk.
clotting to prevent bleeding but not so much as to create a blood clot. Good levels of
Apolipoprotein help reach this ideal level and olive oil supports its formation.
The Fatty Liver Foundation – The FibroScan
Fatty Liver Foundation is a non-profit organization founded by one of
our long-term customers, Wayne Eskridge. It can be found at https://www.fattyliverfoundation.org.
From the website, its mission is: “To improve the diagnosis, treatment,
& support of Americans with fatty liver, NAFLD or NASH through
awareness, education, screening and patient advocacy.”
One of the many beneficial pages from the site is the Noninvasive Tests page.
Here we learn about the FibroScan. This is essentially a specialized
ultra sound that can measure liver stiffness and liver fat. This test
has been available in Europe since 2003 and was approved by the FDA in
2013. Many doctors and hospitals can offer the FibroScan test for
patients who are concerned about liver disease. Early detection and
natural preventative lifestyle changes are the most effective deterrents
of liver disease.
Extra virgin olive oil contains oleocanthal as one of its main
polyphenols – the one that can cause a burning sensation in the back of the
throat. Researchers from the University of Monroe-Louisiana conducted a study that
found oleocanthal had a modulating effect on an important part of the immune
system, called C3AR1. Unfortunately, if C3AR1 becomes overactive, it causes
inflammation in the brain that can lead to Alzheimer’s. Oleocanthal helps
reduce this over activity and maintain the normal activity of C3AR1. This is just
another reason to consume real extra virgin olive oil.
The Fatty Liver
Foundation is a non-profit organization founded by one of our long-term customers,
Wayne Eskridge. It can be found at https://www.fattyliverfoundation.org. From the website its mission is: “To improve the diagnosis, treatment,
& support of Americans with fatty liver, NAFLD or NASH through awareness,
education, screening and patient advocacy.”
chemistry of fat metabolism in the liver is complex but Wayne breaks it
down in easy to understand terms. In his explanation he also
illustrates why extra virgin olive oil actually helps restore a fatty
liver to health. Visit this page for more information: https://www.fattyliverfoundation.org/olive_oil.
Wayne started the
foundation after a difficult 10 year ordeal, dealing with his liver disease. During
this period he gained a wealth of experience and knowledge. He is
dedicated to sharing that experience with as many people as possible so they can
avoid going through the same difficulties. Liver disease is a metabolic
disorder that can develop over 20 years with no symptoms. It is estimated that
1 in 4 Americans may have a fatty liver and yet not know it. That’s why Wayne
is developing a nationwide program to inform people about an inexpensive,
non-invasive FibroScan screening for fatty liver.
We appreciate all that
Wayne is doing and in the coming months we will offer more information about
his foundation, the connection to high quality olive oil, and the practical actions that can be taken to address the
prevalence of fatty liver disease in the US.
A new study done
by Yale University showed that olive oil rich in polyphenols improved
endothelial function while refined olive oil did not. The conclusion was
that the biophenols found in real extra virgin olive oil, but not found
in refined olive oil, were responsible for the improvement. Endothelial
function is the measure of how well blood flows through the vessels,
and is an independent predictor of cardiovascular health and type 2
The study took 20 obese people,
all with high blood pressure, and gave 3 tablespoons of extra virigin
olive oil to half of them and 3 tablespoons
of refined olive oil to the other half. After one week their systems
were flushed and the groups were reversed. Neither the participants nor
the conductors of the study knew who was getting the extra virgin olive
oil. After the study the results showed that the endothelial function
improved for both groups when taking the real extra virgin olive oil.
From the study:
study demonstrated that a single dose of 50 milliliters of
high-polyphenolic extra virgin olive oil, when compared with refined
olive oil without polyphenols,
was associated with endothelial function improvement among individuals
at risk for type 2 diabetes mellitus”.
acute effects of extra virgin olive oil on endothelial function
observed may be explained by differences in the composition of extra
virgin olive oil and refined olive oils”.
Mycotoxins are naturally produced by
certain fungi growing on many types of animal and human food, including
grains and greens. They can cause motor system dysfunctions including
tremors and seizures. Available treatments simply seek to strengthen the
immune system, but research has discovered two lignan polyphenols that
show promise – one of which is unique to extra virgin olive oil. Recent studies
show that the olive lignan is a novel lead that can prevent the
neurotoxicity of these food-contaminating mycotoxins. These are just
preliminary studies, but the more olive oil polyphenols are studied, the
more the importance of their benefits for our health are discovered.