Olive oil is a fat obtained from the Olive (a fruit).A diet enriched with olive oil can help preserve bone strength, a new study has claimed.Olive oil contains a wide variety of valuable antioxidants.
Consumption of a Mediterranean diet enriched with olive oil for two years is associated with increased bone formation markers, suggesting a protective effect on bone.
“The intake of olive oil has been related to the prevention of osteoporosis in experimental and in vitro models,
Olive oil preserves bone, at least as inferred by circulating bone markers, in humans
Participants were randomly assigned to three intervention groups: Mediterranean diet with mixed nuts, Mediterranean diet with virgin olive oil, and a low-fat diet.
Biochemical measurements of osteocalcin, glucose, total cholesterol, HDL-cholesterol and triglycerides were performed at baseline and after two year follow-up on fasting blood samples.
Researchers found that only consumption of the Mediterranean diet with olive oil was associated with a significant increase in the concentrations of total osteocalcin and other bone formation markers.
There were also no significant changes in serum calcium in subjects taking olive oil whereas serum calcium decreased significantly in the other two groups.
OTHER BENEFITS OF OLIVE OIL.
- Heart Disease: Olive oil helps lower levels of blood cholesterol leading to heart disease.
- Oxident Stress: Olive oil contains antioxidents such as Vitimin E,, carotenoids and phenolic compounds which also help lead to long life.
- Blood Pressure: Recent studies indicate that regular consumption of olive oil can help decrease both systolic (maximum) and diastolic (minimum) blood pressure.
- Diabetes: olive oil is low in saturated fats, moderately rich in carbohydrates and soluble fiber from fruit, vegetables, pulses and grains is the most effective approach for diabetics. It
- Obesity: Although high in calories, olive oil has shown to help reduce levels of obesity.