Olive Oil Can Reduce Risk of Heart Disease!
You need more olive oil in your diet
It’s the most deadly disease on the planet. Around the world, someone will die from it every 37 seconds. The best hygiene in the world won’t help. If you haven’t guessed already, it’s heart disease, and it’s the leading cause of death in men and women alike.
Although good hand washing practices won’t help with this particular disease, there is a simple change you can make that could kick heart disease to the curb—adding a healthy dose of olive oil to your diet.
Olive oil is a healthy fat packed with features that help fight heart disease. Some of them you may be familiar with, but others are still relatively new to science. One of these major benefits is from polyphenols, amazing compounds that do a number of amazing things for the body, including:
• Helps maintain normal blood pressure
• Improves upper respiratory tract health
• Supports memory, learning and thinking
• May help both prevent and treat type 2 diabetes
• Protects blood lipids from oxidative damage
• Reduces the ability of plaque to stick to artery walls
So what does that mean for the person who adds more olive oil to their diet? It means a healthier, and longer life. Heart disease is caused by plaque building up in the arteries. The plaque can harden the arteries, as well as block them and prevent blood flow.
When blood flow becomes too restricted or blocked, it can damage the heart and cause an early, entirely preventable, death.
The people who eat Mediterranean foods as a regular part of their diet, such as those who live in Greece or along the Mediterranean coast, rarely die of heart disease. They tend to live long, full lifespans unafflicted by heart problems.
This is in part due to the copious amounts of olive oil that is part of their diets. Large amounts of olive oil act like Teflon spray for your arteries, helping your blood rinse off plaque before it can stick to your artery walls, and making it less likely for the plaque to attach in the first place.
A Mediterranean diet could end death by heart disease as we know it, and it may also help in the prevention of a number of other chronic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, obesity, and even some types of cancer.
If you want to live a long and healthy life uninterrupted by disease, your diet is a great place to start. The saying goes, “You are what you eat,” and choosing a diet rich in healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals are essential to good health.
The Mediterranean diet is both nutritious and extremely healthy. You can experience the full wealth of Mediterranean dishes by stopping by the Aladdin Mediterranean Restaurant and trying some of the food yourself. You’ll be impressed by the variety and flavor available, and feel great knowing that any choice you make will be a good choice—for your heart.