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12 Reasons Why Olive Oil Is Good for You

Updated on May 5, 2019
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Srikanth is passionate about helping people stay healthy. He believes that consuming nutritious food is the key to a long and healthy life.

Olive Oil Is Healthy

Olive oil, especially the extra virgin olive oil, promotes excellent health. This ancient remedy is unbelievably versatile and good for your body—both inside and out. The acidity level of extra virgin olive oil is less than 0.8 percent. Many experts call it the "world's healthiest ingredient."

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Olive oil, the "holy oil" has been used to bless babies, consecrate kings and anoint athletes. Used as moisturiser, perfume, food and medicine, it has also been called the "healthiest ingredient in the world".

— Sarah Berry

Nutrients in 100 g of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Monosaturated fat
Saturated fat
Vitamin K
75% of RDA
Vitamin E
72% of RDA
RDA: Recommended Dietary Allowance. Source:

Extra Virgin Olive Oil Contains Healthy Fat


Extra Virgin Olive Oil Health Benefits

Extra virgin olive oil promotes overall wellness. It was called “the great healer” by none other than the great Greek physician Hippocrates. Homer called it "liquid gold."

Here is a brief overview of some health benefits of extra virgin olive oil.

Good for the Heart

Heart attack kills around two people in a minute in India. The numbers are similar in other parts of the world. Heart disease is a global problem.

Olive Oil Prevents Heart Disease

According to Food and Drug Administration (FDA), consuming two tablespoons of olive oil daily may decrease the risk of heart disease.

Consuming mustard, olive or canola oil can help keep heart diseases at bay.

— US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Cures Hypertension

Anti-hypertensive properties of extra virgin olive oil are well-known. In a research study, some patients on a diet that low in low-saturated fat and enhanced with olive oil eliminated their need for hypertension medicines in just six months.

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Prevents Alzheimer's Disease

A research study indicates that oleocanthal, a type of natural phenolic compound found in extra-virgin olive oil, may reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease.

Excellent Brain Food

Healthy fats in extra virgin olive oil improves mood, prevents depression and fights stress. This amazing olive oil is very good for the brain.

Olive Oil Prevents Brain Tumor

A research study has found that oleic acid, a compound in olive oil may reduce the risk of of brain tumor.

Oleic acid is the main ingredient of olive oil. It is the most abundant and widely distributed fatty acid in nature, explained the researchers from the University of Edinburgh's school of biological sciences. The findings of the study were published in the Journal of Molecular Biology.

Omega 9 in olive oil keeps your brain healthy by producing good cholesterol.

While we cannot yet say that olive oil in the diet helps prevent brain cancer, our findings do suggest that oleic acid can support the production of tumour-suppressing molecules in cells grown in the lab.

— Gracjan Michlewski

Prevents Stroke

Extra virgin olive oil reduces the risk of stroke. This is as per a research study conducted in France.

Another study, which was funded, in part, by the Spanish Ministry of Health (ISCIII), indicates that olive oil reduces the risk of stroke.

Good for the Skin

Anti-ageing antioxidants (polyphenols and vitamin E) and hydrating squalene in extra virgin olive oil keep your skin healthy and glowing.

Keeps Your Bones Healthy

People who consume extra virgin olive oil have higher levels of osteocalcin protein than those who do not. Higher levels of osteocalcin is an indication of strong and healthy bones.

Lowers Blood Sugar

A research study linked lower blood sugar levels and lower cholesterol levels after meals to Mediterranean diet containing extra virgin olive oil.

Olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fats, which help in fighting type 2 diabetes. Studies indicate that a diet rich in olive oil reduces its risk by more than 50 percent.

Prevents Obesity

A research study conducted in the year 2013 indicates that olive oil may promote weight loss by making people feel full for long and by staving off hunger pangs.

Olive Oil Uses

Prevents Cancer

Anticancer agents like squalene and terpenoids in extra virgin olive oil reduce the risk of developing cancer. This is as per a research study.

An FDA review indicated that olive oil is the only natural edible oil to contain at least 70% of oleic acid per serving.

A research study conducted at the University of Bari in collaboration of AIRC (The Italian Association for Cancer Research) has shown that the absence of oleic acid in the diet, in certain conditions, can lead to inflammation that may be a precursor to bowel cancer.

Good for the Eyes

Foods that are low in trans fats and saturated fats prevent diseases related to ratina. Olive oil falls into this category. Not only is olive oil free of trans fats and low in saturated fat, Australian researchers found that people who reported consuming more olive oil were 48 percent less likely to develop ARMD (Age-related macular degeneration).

Promotes Dental Health

Organic olive oil is well-known for its antibacterial properties. It fights bacteria (like Streptococcus mutant bacteria) that cause tooth decay. It keeps your enamel healthy.

Types of Olive Oil

Sl No
Extra virgin olive oil
Classic olive oil
Light flavor olive oil
Olive pomace oil


  • Acidity level of extra virgin olive oil is less than 0.8 percent.
  • 73 percent of extra virgin olive oil is monosaturated fat.
  • Hippocratus called extra virgin olive oil "the great healer."
  • Having two tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil every day may reduce the risk of heart disease.
  • Extra virgin olive oil prevents stroke.

Increase your consumption of healthful fats like extra virgin olive oil, avocado, grass-fed beef, wild fish, coconut oil, nuts and seeds. At the same time, keep in mind that modified fats like hydrogenated or trans fats are the worst choices for brain health.

— David Perlmutter

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2017 Srikanth R


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