The cause of heart disease and cancer is the oxidative stress. Recent medical evidence suggests that antioxidants in Extra Virgin Olive Oil protect against oxidative stress and the oxidation of LDLCholesterin..
A Mediterranean diet with extra virgin olive oil as the fat source, prevents the increase in blood cholesterol and high blood pressure. Animal fats consist mainly of saturated fats that raise blood cholesterol levels; olive oil, however, contains unsaturated fatty acids, which lower the total cholesterol level!
An excessive blood cholesterol levels increase the risk of atherosclerosis. To travel through the blood throughout the body, fats use proteins as carriers. Connected with them, so-called lipoproteins are formed. For the formation of atherosclerosis two of them are of particular importance:
- LDL - Low Density Lipoprotein; the cholesterol contained in them is deposited onto the arterial wall and causes artherosclerosis.
- HDL - High Density Lipoprotein, which exerts a protective function, because it removes the deposited cholesterol.
The olive oil increases the proportion of protective cholesterol (HDL) and thus prevents the atherosclerosis.