Olive oil has repeatedly been used as a particularly suitable product for people with cardiovascular, skin and digestive problems. Rich in vitamin E, oleic (butyric) acid, polyphenols and antioxidants that slow down the aging of cells, bones and skin, olive oil is not accidentally part of the healthiest diet for the heart - the Mediterranean diet.
New research shows that adding olive oil to your daily diet leads to improved cardiovascular performance. Moreover, so far experts have recommended 2 tablespoons a day, and new results show that even just half a tablespoon of olive oil helps to strengthen heart health.
The scientists presented their findings during scientific sessions of the American Heart Association (AHA) in Phoenix. Their analysis of long-term data, starting in 1990, shows that consuming at least 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil a day reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease by 15% and the risk of coronary heart disease by 21%.
The new study is also interesting in that they found other oils with similar benefits to olive oil. The advantage of olive oil is that it can easily replace unhealthy, saturated and trans fatty acids from animal fats with a useful source of omega-3 fatty acids, which reduce inflammation and improve cholesterol. Olive oil remains a leader in the prevention of vascular function and heart health.
However, researchers have also noticed significant health benefits of vegetable oils such as corn or saffron oil . They would be a suitable alternative, although scientists acknowledge that many more studies are needed to definitively confirm the health effects of these alternative vegetable oils. They are certainly a better option than animal fats, which are especially common and preferred in the United States.
Last but not least, the research team recommends emphasizing the quality and not the amount of oils used in the daily diet. But just a small change in the menu is not enough for overall well-being and heart health. Along with good nutrition, it also includes proper physical activity, a balanced diet and proper prevention.