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Updated on October 1, 2015

Portuguese study reveals the benefits of olive oil

Researchers from Portugal revealed one of the secrets of olive oil benefits in the prevention of heart disease, after they conducted a recent study pointed to one of the important role of this oil to prevent blood cells subjected to damage components.

According to the results of the study, published in the "partial nutrition and research periodic food", are particles (DHPEA-EDA) found in olive oil, the most prominent substances that help prevent red blood cells responsible for the transport of oxygen to the tissues, which is caused by exposure to molecules of oxygen damage active, such as free radicals, which play a role in the progression of atherosclerosis.

Researchers from the University of Porto Portuguese study included carry out experiments in order to compare the four so-called vehicles "polyphenols", which found high concentrations in olive oil, and so with regard to their impact on red blood cells when exposed to particles of active oxygen, on the one hand protect them from damage. Was shown through experiments that the compound (DHPEA-EDA) was the most effective in protecting red blood cells even when low quality concentrations, which provides the first evidence to suggest olive oil components responsible for the major health benefits granted to individuals who are taking this type of oils, especially with regard to extra virgin olive oil, which contains high concentrations of the substance, up to 50% of the total concentration of antioxidants in the oil.

US study reveals other medical benefits of olive oil

Agency US Food and Drug announced that monounsaturated fat (monounsaturates) found in olive oil may reduce the risk of coronary artery disease attack. The agency has concluded there is "limited evidence but unconfirmed" indicate that people who replace saturated fat in their diet to those found in olive oil less risk of developing coronary artery disease (Kalzbhh pectoris and myocardial infarction).

These diseases caused by American Heart Association, the death of more than half a million people in the United States in 2001, a fifth of the total number of deaths in the country. In 2008 alone, 13.2 million Americans were wounded and angina chest pain and other symptoms of coronary artery disease.

The society says that in addition to lowering blood cholesterol level and to refrain from smoking and exercise, it can maintain the health of the heart through the foods that contain small amounts of cholesterol and saturated fat and sodium intake.

According to the declaration of the Food and Drug Agency that "the scientific evidence is limited and uncertain but suggest that eating spoon eat of olive oil daily may reduce the risk of coronary artery disease due to contain the oil on the mono unsaturated oils."


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