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Beware Fake Olive Oil - Use Best Brand For Depression

Updated on September 12, 2015
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A medical background and interest in research created Audrey Selig's interest in writing about medical issues.

Sadness May Mean Depression

Olive Oil and Depression

Olive oil is well known all over the world as a tasty accompaniment for bread, pastas, other foods and also for skin, hair and health problems. A major health use is to transport calcium and magnesium to the bones. You probably never knew if you use the best olive oil brand, it can help depression.

Seasonal Affective Disorder

Helen Bond from the British Dietetic Association talks in 2012 about the importance of olive oil in the diet. in "Boost Your Mood With Olive Oil." In the winter months, when people have depression, she states the Mediterranean Diet of healthy food drizzled with the liquid can stave off the low feeling some people must endure. Seasonal Affective Disorder can make many patients depressed. Another dietician, Elena Paraventes proclaims the news of a study in 2009 which showed similar results in Spain about the relief of the disease from olive oil and a Mediterranean diet.

Research About Depression

In April 2012, Dr. Robert Glatter wrote an article in Forbes Magazine entitled “Is Your Diet Making You Depressed?” Dr Glatter reports the disease affects up to 150 million people in the world. He also talks about research showing the important role of the best brand of oil, along with omega 3 fatty acids, and B complex vitamins in reducing that low feeling in patients.

“My Healing Kitchen” in 2013 also talks about the ways the oil and a Mediterranean diet can soothe depression. It helps blood cholesterol and blood glucose level and inflammation. It says these bad feelings can be associated with inflammation and thus can soothe them. The antioxidants also relieve it. Instead of butter or margarine,you might use the condiment with bread, salads, casseroles and vegetables.

Published in Pub Med in 2104 is a study of various oils and their effects on the body. The medical journal lists the good properties of olive oil and indicates results show it can be partially responsible for the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet as compared to other oils.

Beware Fake Olive Oil

Olive oil and tomatoes
Olive oil and tomatoes

Counterfeit Olive Oil

What does the best olive oil brand mean? Aren’t they all the same? You may know that the best oil is extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), as it has the most nutrients. However studies show that some of the liquid may have other oils added to it, or may be a mixture of left over olives from many countries. Some grocery stores carry extra virgin olive oil that is not real and does not meet the standards set by the country that sells it, according to research.

Find Best Extra Virgin Olive Oil Brand

In order to find the pure olive oil, you need to be aware of the standards in the United States. Many countries have specific standards olive oil must meet, but the United States has only voluntary standards. A book has even been written about the issue. Most of the resources name the good and bad products. If you use it to protect the heart, you will be disappointed to know you bought the best product combined with the lesser palm oil mixture. Some people who use it only for cooking may not care. But why pay $10.00 at a grocery store for a fraudulent product. It is a rip-off, to put it mildly.

One of the best ways to check it out in the grocery store is to look for one country of origin, a two year maximum expiration date, and a dark bottle. Purchase it and double check the Internet for further authenticity.Two verified reputable brands at the grocery store are Santiago and O-live products at about $10 a bottle. This writer has used both brands with success and verification. by using the suggested method of checking, Most large cities have olive oil specialty shops where you can find excellent olive oil.

Olive Tree -- Good Oil

Olive Tree.
Olive Tree.

Book about Good and Bad Oils

In 2011, Tom Mueller released a book entitled “Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil." He discusses the fake products produced today with low quality material. That should not surprise you, as much of the food processed today has ingredients that can harm the body. Because, the United States does not regulate the liquid like many countries, much of the fake ones end up in that country.

Mueller says a bottle of oil should be dark in color to protect it from light. Extra virgin olive oil should last about one to two years on a cool shelf in your home. It should show country of origin, acid content, and a one to two year expiration date. If the bottle lists five countries as the origin, it probably is not the true product.. You can run the name on the computer and usually find information that can help you determine its authenticity. Some research shows names of authentic and fraudulent ones through testing.

The Mediterranean Diet

Research About the Oil

Dr Manny Alvarez wrote an article in June 2014 entitled “Olive Oil 101" by securing information from a specialist who states to take into account date of bottling, kinds of olives, and region of origin. The good oils have antioxidants which nourish the body and keep it healthy. He says that many companies buy the leftovers at end of year,mix it together, and ship it to the United States


The main points in the research indicate that EVOO is the best oil and that using it in a Mediterranean diet produces better health, including the improvement of depression. WebMD lists about twenty diseases that improve through the use of this product.

Some companies add other lesser oils or combination of oils to make a great profit, with one company adding an unsafe product. The unsafe product was banned.They pass it as the real thing. You want what you paid for and not second hand merchandise. Use best brand for depression and beware of fake products.

Look for one country of origin, a dark bottle, acidity information, and probably a price of at least ten dollars. You can put a sample in a white bowl and see a yellow smooth oily consistency with a smell like olives. It should leave a peppery sensation in your throat. The best brands are a gift to mankind and boost health to a maximum level. You can shout it to the rooftops.

Note: This author has used a tablespoon daily for eight months with an improvement in mood and good cholesterol higher than ever. Get the best brand extra virgin olive oil you can afford, and you will never regret it. Don’t take chances with the possibility of fraudulent products.

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    • CrisSp profile image


      3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Interesting how anything and everything can be faked now a days. This is a good, useful read and makes you think before buying olive oil. Can't trust those Dollar store food products. They actually have olive oil tall bottle for a dollar plus tax, of course.

      We use olive oil a lot in the house for salad, etc. I also used it to soften my hands (mix with granulated sugar) specially in the winter time when the air is dry.


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      Audrey Selig 

      3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Colorfulone - Sorry I missed your comment. I sure appreciate your stopping by and reading this hub. It is great that you benefited by learning about the fake olive oils and how to tell the difference. I am disappointed in the industry for trying to cheat countries and stores and customers. We need legitimate food in our cupboards, and these companies are so unscrupulous. May they pay a fine. Blessings, Audrey

    • brakel2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Selig 

      3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Au Fait I am late getting back to your comment. Thanks so much for stopping by. I really like your writing so am pleased by your visit. I do eat olive oil every day after someone recommended doing it. I hope everyone finds out about the fake olive oils, as it is such a devious deed, especially from companies we thought were legitimate. I will soon visit your site again. Blessings, Audrey

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      Susie Lehto 

      3 years ago from Minnesota

      I am so glad I read this, Audrey. It has helped me know to research the olive oils that I buy. Also, I learned some benefits that come from olives and its oil. This is useful and interesting information.

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      C E Clark 

      3 years ago from North Texas

      Lots of good information here. I hadn't heard how olive oil can help depression and now I'm going to have to look into it. I did know about the counterfeit olive oil and other foods and have written about them.

      Very useful and helpful article here. Hope everyone will read it and learn as I have. Blessings to you also . . .

    • brakel2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Selig 

      3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Arachnea - Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my hub. I love olive oil and have found some reputable small olive oil stores. It is nice to know that the olive oil is not fake. It does help depression, in my opinion. Experts say it does. Blessings, Audrey

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      Tanya Jones 

      3 years ago from Texas USA

      very informative. olive oil is becoming a regular item in my kitchen. this is useful info.

    • brakel2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Selig 

      3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Peachy - I love olive oil and eat it every day in my cereal. It does help and has other benefits also. Thanks, Peachy, for visiting my hub and commenting. The best part is to get good olive oil and hope it helps depression, as some experts say. I love your recipes. Blessings, Audrey

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      3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i didn't know that olive oil could loosen up depression, voted up

    • brakel2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Selig 

      3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Barbara Kay - I finally gave up on grocery store olive oil and found some reasonable olive oil shops. The oil is in little vats and you select a bottle size and pay for bottle filled with your choice. Thank you for reading my hub and commenting. I use olive oil every day and now feel secure with the oil. I hope you can find something similar, so you will get the real thing. Thanks for visiting, and it is nice to visit with someone I follow. Blessings, Audrey

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      Barbara Badder 

      3 years ago from USA

      Audrey, Thanks for the idea. I didn't realize that some of it is fake. I'll be careful what I buy.

    • brakel2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Selig 

      3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Dr Bill It is great for you to stop by to read my article. I eat two tbsp of olive oil daily and began about one year ago. I am sorry you have SAD. I think I have it today, as our weather here changed in a minute. From 70 to a "feels like" 22. Let us hope for a great winter. I enjoy reading your hubs, and best of everything to you. Blessings, Audrey

    • Dr Bill Tollefson profile image

      Bill Tollefson 

      3 years ago from Southwest Florida

      Hey brakel2

      I found this HUB to be so useful and beneficial to me because I have Seasonal Affective Disorder . I think it started as a very young child when I live in Europe. I did not know I had Seasonal Affective Disorder until I was in my 2os. I always thought I hated Christmas but I didn't. December 23rd is the shortest light day in the year. I am sure this HUB will help others. I will read more of your HUBs.

    • brakel2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Selig 

      3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Thanks Trish. It sounds wonderful. and I have it on my bucket list. Thanks so much for stopping by again. Take care.

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      Tricia Mason 

      3 years ago from The English Midlands

      Hi brakel2.

      Britain certainly has a lot to offer in a relatively small area. I hope you get the chance to visit :)

    • brakel2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Selig 

      3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Trish. You sound like me in loving olive oil. I try to use the best brand for salads. I see you are from Britain. Someday I would like to vacation there. Thank you so much for reading my hub and for your kind remarks. Blessings. Audrey

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      Tricia Mason 

      3 years ago from The English Midlands


      I always keep extra virgin olive oil in the cupboard for salads etc and I have ordinary olive oil for cooking as, apparently, it is not safe to over-heat evoo.

      But I did not know about the connection with depression. Very interesting and potentially helpful.

      Voted accordingly :)

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      Peggy Woods 

      4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      We are big believers in using olive oil and use it often in our cooking and dressings of salads, etc. Informative hub and I'll be happy to pass it on by sharing.

    • brakel2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Selig 

      4 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hey Writer Fox. How are you doing? I am glad you read about olive oil, as I loved writing it. I wish you would tell me of some good oil from Israel, and maybe I can find it and add it to my small collection of EVOO. It probably tastes great. Hope things have settled a little over there. The world is in a tumultuous state. I hate to read about bad news, so am not up on all the happenings. Sad about Robin Williams. I think about him all the time and saw part of the movie Mrs. Doubtfire. He was so talented. Hope to read more of your newer hubs. Blessings, Audrey

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      Writer Fox 

      4 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      This is really cool. I knew olive oil was great for many things, but never knew depression was one of them!

      I think the finest olive oil in the world comes from Israel. After all, it's what was used in God's Temple!

      You can probably find some on Amazon to feature here.

      Voted up!

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Audrey, I'm sorry I missed this. I remember it coming out, but then I don't know what happened. I'll try to be more vigilante in the future.

      I have never heard of this, but I know several people who can benefit from it. Thank you and blessings to you always.


    • brakel2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Selig 

      4 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Thanks Flourish - Every time you turn around, something isn't what it should be. I try to inform people when I find weird happenings. Anyway, I now have good oil, and you will have good oil. I spent a lot of time on research and appreciate so much your stopping by to read my hub. You have such a good sense of humor in your hubs. That is one of my goals. Will drop by again soon to look at the latest creations. Blessings, Audrey

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      4 years ago from USA

      Thanks for this information. Now I will know what to look for to get my money's worth.


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