Heart disease is one of the most common causes of death in the world.
Observational studies conducted a few decades ago showed that heart disease was rare around the Mediterranean Sea.
This led to extensive research on the Mediterranean diet, which has now been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease.
Extra virgin olive oil is one of the key features of this diet, and protects against heart disease via numerous mechanisms.
It lowers inflammation, protects LDL cholesterol from oxidation, improves the function of the lining of the blood vessels, and may help prevent unwanted blood clotting.
Interestingly, it has also been shown to lower blood pressure, which is one of the strongest risk factors for heart disease and premature death. In one study, olive oil reduced the need for blood pressure medication by 48%.
The truth is that dozens, if not hundreds, of studies have shown that extra virgin olive oil has powerful benefits for the heart.
If you have heart disease, a family history of heart disease, or any other major risk factor, then you might want to consider including plenty of extra virgin olive oil in your diet*.
*We are not medical practitioners nor do we pretend to be. Please consult your doctor if you have any heart or medical related issues. BY NO MEANS do we endorse the use of olive oil as medical treatment.