According to the International Olive Oil Council (IOOC) olive oil:
prevents heart due to the high content of antioxidants,it increases the good cholesterol (HDL) and reduces bad cholesterol (LDL).
acts protective against certain forms of cancer (breast, endometrium, colon, prostate, etc.).
consumption can reduce both the high and low arterial blood pressure.
helps in treating and slowing diabetes.
improves the immune system against external attacks from microorganisms, bacteria and viruses.
contributes to reducing the risk of rheumatoid arthritis.
helps at the good functioning of the entire digestive system.
has a decisive role in the growth of the embryo during pregnancy and its deficiency can have negative effects on growth of offspring. It has been found that the growth of children of mothers who consumed olive oil during pregnancy is better in terms of the height, weight, behavior and psychomotor reaction.
is beneficial at the maintenance of vitamin E in breast milk during lactation.
slows down the aging of cells, something that results in the increasing life’s time span.
olive oil’s consumption helps in the prevention of skin diseases such as acne, psoriasis and eczema.