A recent case study has confirmed what experts have been saying for a while now - olive oil has many benefits for the health of your heart. This was the first study that was done long-term (24 years, actually) and used exclusively US citizens. Let’s take a look at what they found and how olive oil benefits you.
• Just ½ tablespoon of olive oil per day can lower your risk of cardiovascular disease by 15%.
• It was also found to lower your risk of coronary heart disease and stroke by 21%.
• Lowers Blood Pressure
Studies have shown that olive oil can lower blood pressure significantly over time, possibly even to the point of no longer needing to take blood pressure medication.
• Reduces Harmful Blood Clotting
One of the main contributing factors in heart attacks and strokes is unwanted blood clotting in the blood vessels that blocks blood flow. Olive oil helps prevent these clots from forming in vessels.
• Reduces Inflammation
Olive oil reduces the inflammatory response in your body. Inflammation has been found to lead to several diseases including cardiovascular disease.
• Boosts Blood Vessel Health
Olive oil has been shown to increase the function of your blood vessels’ lining to ensure blood flow is optimal.