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The Right Olive Oil ‘Dosage’ for Those at High Risk of Cardio Diseases
50 grams, or 3.5 tablespoons, is the best dose for a person at high risk of cardiovascular disease with incidence of the disease reduced by 10 percent for every two teaspoons, according to herstudy, which was published on May 13 in the journal BMC Medicine.
People in this high-risk category could be those with Type 2 diabetes or with combined issues such high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking as well as those who are overweight or obese or have a family history of premature cardiovascular disease. However, everyone could benefit from a health-giving daily dose of olive oil which can easily be a part of any diet.
One of the main characteristics of the Mediterranean diet is the frequency of vegetable-rich meals and salads cooked in plenty of olive oil. And while we know that the addition of olive oil to vegetables can increase the absorption of vitamins and antioxidants, it appears that this powerful combination has another significant health effect: it may protect from high blood pressure.
A new study published in the journal PNAS, suggests that an eating pattern that combines unsaturated fats (such as olive oil) with specific vegetables rich in in nitrite and nitrates can protect from hypertension. Nitrite rich vegetables are mainly green leafy types such as spinach, wild greens, and root vegetables. These vegetables are consumed on a daily basis within a Mediterranean diet and always with olive oil. Researchers found that when these two foods are combined you have the formation of nitro fatty acids.
The researchers concluded that the common combination of unsaturated fatty acids such as olive oil with these vegetables contributes to the protective action of the Mediterranean diet.
In another study published in the journal PLOS ONE, researchers were able to demonstrate by using mass spectrometry, that extra virgin olive oil as well as fresh olives are also a source of nitro fatty acids on their own, thus potentially contributing even more to the antihypertensive effect, by the National Academy of Sciences
Exposure to air pollution is known to have a negative effect on health. Particular matter, a mixture of small particles and liquid droplets that includes acids, organic chemicals, metals, and soil or dust particles is associated with heart and lung diseases.
A new study presented at the 2014 American Thoracic Society International Conference has shown that olive oil supplementation may counteract some of the negative cardiovascular effects of pollution.
Dr. Haiyan Tong, a research biologist with the Environmental Protection Agency and the study’s author, explained that exposure to airborne particulate matter can lead to endothelial dysfunction. The endothelial is made up of a group of cells that line the interior of blood vessels. When these cells are not functioning properly, it may lead to hardening of the arteries and is a risk factor for other cardiovascular events. The researchers wanted to examine if olive oil and fish oil would reduce this effect of pollution as they appeared to improve endothelial function in other studies.
Just two years on Mediterranean diet in mid-life could protect your bones in old age
Spanish researchers evaluated the effect of adding olive oil to the diets of healthy elderly. The results showed that extra virgin olive oil reduced total cholesterol, but also increased HDL levels also known as the good cholesterol.
After six weeks the researchers found a significant reduction of total cholesterol, but also an increase in the HDL (the “good” cholesterol). In addition, the olive group had a higher plasma Total Antioxidant Capacity compared to the control group.
Culinary and olive oil enthusiasts are signing up for an upcoming online course from the International Olive Oil School (IOOS) titled Introduction to Tasting and Pairing Olive Oils. The class will be taught live and online by Eataly’s olive oil expert Nicholas Coleman and resident chef at La Scuola di Eataly Alicia Walter on Friday, May 30, 2014 at 10:00 AM (EDT).Nicholas Coleman
In this dynamic 150-minute course, Coleman and Walter will lead participants through the basics of olive oil tasting, quality assessment methods and food pairing techniques. Regardless of where they are in the world, participants will be provided with samples of award-winning extra virgin olive oils and course materials in advance of the program. During the session, Coleman will lead a discussion on the reasons for the oils’ unique tastes and participants will learn how to analyze various organoleptic qualities. Coleman will also guide participants through the mechanics of olive oil tasting and quality assessment protocols
8th Aristion 2016, International Olive Oil Competitions
“Gold Aristion” in Hellenic phraseology means Gold Metal as the Olympic awards. It emphasizes in the best olive oils. The “liquid gold”, as Homer spoke and the “best medicine”, as Hippocrates spoke.
Spanish researchers have concluded that nutritional intervention with EVOO improves the antioxidant status in healthy elderly people.
These findings that olive oil can improve antioxidant status as well as lipid profile in the elderly adds to recent research that is pointing to the Mediterranean diet as the ideal diet for the elderly. Three new studies have shown that a Mediterranean style diet can positively affect several side effects of aging
Researchers from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago concluded after following over 3,500 men for 7 years, that the annual rate of developing depressive symptoms was 98.6 percent lower among persons in the highest tertile of a Mediterranean-based dietary pattern compared with persons in the lowest tertile group.
Another new study published in Neurology which used information from over 17,000 individuals over the age of 45, concluded that closer adherence to a Mediterranean style diet resulted in a lower risk of memory loss, while a third study by Spanish researchers showed it improves vascular dysfunction and can play a role in the protection against the chronic diseases related to aging.
The Perfect dressing for Greek Salad? Of course, olive oil!
Greek salad dressing doesn't have to be complicated or time-consuming to make. And what goes better on a Greek salad? This oil and vinegar-based dressing is quick and very easy and requires the most basic of ingredients. It's perfect for a salad with Romaine lettuce, spring onions and fresh dill.
The simplest of all salad dressings is a drizzle of Greek extra virgin olive oil and wedges of lemon on the side - squeeze to taste. For salads with feta cheese like the Greek Salad, I recommend straight olive oil (with a little water). For salads with cucumber, I like oil and vinegar. By Olive Oil to Vegetables to Lower Blood Pressure
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