MONOUNSATURATED FAT FROM VIRGIN OLIVE OIL SLOWS AGING
Aging is a process that develops throughout life and whose main manifestations are favored by the presence of an oxidative phenomenon.
Unlike other oils such as corn, almond or soy, olive oil prevents aging because of its richness in monounsaturated fat, which when it's incorporated into the body performs more beneficial effects than other fats, in terms of cholesterol, blood pressure and the prevention of oxidation.
On the other hand, it is a specific characteristic of virgin and extra virgin oils that they are rich in antioxidants and micronutrients, while the rest of the oils have to be refined for consumption, which means that they lose these components.
Both the effect of fat (reducing risk factors and oxidation), and its micronutrients, are favorable to health by reducing the mechanisms that favor the development of chronic diseases.
As part of the Mediterranean diet, virgin olive oil improves the quality of life as it promotes longevity. Without a doubt, the Mediterranean diet, which includes olive oil as a fundamental fat, is one of the best models. The higher quality of life in old age would be attributed to the fact that said diet reduces chronic diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, and neurodegenerative diseases.
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Maria Molina holds a Bachelor's Degree in Pharmacy and a Master of Science, with more than 10 years of experience in the control of HACCP Food Safety Systems in the Health Department of Madrid, Spain.