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Choosing the Best With Extra Virgin Olive Oil

By Donna Stark

It was once a symbol of great wealth and power. Ancient Greek athletes rubbed it all over their bodies. Women used it as perfume. And now? Well, now you can find it sitting on a shelf in most people's pantry. Liquid Gold, the Great Healer, EVOO ... it's had many purposes and several nicknames throughout time, but it has never lost its reputation for being one of the healthiest oils on the planet. Extra virgin olive oil has certainly made its mark in history, but has it also made its mark in your diet? If not, you may want to keep reading. It might just change your mind about the type of oil you buy at your local grocery store.

Olive Oil Health Benefits

Extra virgin olive oil has long been recognized for all of the incredible health benefits that it provides. In fact, people who use it as a staple in their diet tend to live longer and healthier lives than those who do not. Here's why.

  • Overall health - Extra virgin olive oil is rich in Vitamins E and K, two very important components to optimal health and wellness, and contains powerful antioxidants that help protect the body against free radicals. It is also extremely effective in the fight against pain and discomfort caused by too much inflammation in the body.
  • Heart health - Primarily made up of monounsaturated fat, extra virgin olive oil is a major contributor to improved cardiovascular health. It can help to lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels, and reduces the risk of unwanted clotting, heart disease, and stroke.
  • Brain health - Studies are suggesting that extra virgin olive oil helps to improve cognitive function as well. It reduces the risk of decline and degeneration in the brain which is very promising for treating Alzheimer's and dementia patients.
  • Bone health - Extra virgin olive oil has also been shown to increase bone formation which may reduce the risk of bone loss and fractures. 

Choosing the Best

There are a lot of oils sitting on your grocer's shelves that claim to be healthy but none of them can come close to the number of health benefits that you can get by purchasing a jar of extra virgin olive oil! Like a bottle of fine wine, you can't go wrong with choosing the best, and fortunately, we are past the point of needing to be wealthy and powerful in order to have some of our own. So go ahead and choose some on your next grocery trip and let it make its mark on your overall health and wellness from here on out!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Parma, Ohio.

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