A survey of 40 studies shows the varied benefits of consuming extra virgin olive oil for disease prevention.
Extra virgin olive oil has beneficial properties that are important for health. A study analyzed recent scientific production on these benefits and brought together 40 research studies that were able to identify the healthful effects of this type of olive oil.
Analysis of these studies shows that extra virgin olive oil is associated with 18 benefits, including pain reduction, protective effect on memory, obesity control, inflammatory potential, prevention of type 2 diabetes, improved liver function, among other healthy effects.
An example is the recent study, published in The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, which shows that maternal diets enriched with extra virgin olive oil showed significant effects on the hepatic metabolism of the fetus.
Also the study published in the journal Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism, in which the researchers suggest that this oil could be used as a functional food to predict the development of type 2 diabetes.
A study published last year in the journal Trends in Food Science & Technology, showed that the consumption of this oil can also have preventive effects for cancer, due to the bioactive compounds that it has that positively influence the human microbiota .
This scientific evidence contributes to the defense of this food for a healthier diet, which protects against non-communicable diseases.
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