Apart from the rich and flavourful taste of Willow Creek Olive Estate’s delicious range of extra virgin olive oils (EVOO), our products also offer an abundance of well-researched health benefits. In other words, you are not only treating your taste buds when indulging in our incredible EVOO collection but also enriching your mind and nourishing your body.
Why is extra virgin olive oil so healthy?
Extra Virgin Olive oil is produced by crushing whole olives to a paste and extracting the natural oils from this stone fruit by either mechanical or chemical means. Depending on the different processing techniques used, the olive oils produced may vary in terms of refinement.
Extra virgin olive oil is unrefined and produced by cold extraction of olives at the desired level of ripeness to ensure a top-grade product. This means that the oil retains its natural vitamins and antioxidants, which makes it a healthier option compared to processed oils.
EVOO contains omega-9, omega-6 and omega-3. These healthy fats along with a variety of vitamins naturally present in extra virgin olive oil, contribute to the multiple health benefits commonly associated with it.
1. Say goodbye to inflammation
EVOO harbours more than one natural ingredient that can help ease stiff joints. Researchers have established that oleic acid found in EVOO plays a role in reducing inflammation, which can help with the alleviation of inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis. Oleocanthal, a well-known antioxidant compound found in EVOO, has been proven to exhibit the same pharmacological activity as ibuprofen, thereby naturally reducing inflammation.
2. Good cholesterol for the win
Since EVOO contains such high levels of monounsaturated fatty acids, it can help to maintain a healthy cholesterol balance. Furthermore, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) recently stated that the consumption of olive oil high in phenolic content can help to prevent cholesterol oxidation. By preventing plaque formation in blood vessels, you significantly reduce your chances of cardiovascular disease.
3. No more sugar highs
Another interesting study found that adding a bit of EVOO to food can reduce the glycemic index of any hearty meal. This means that extra virgin olive oil can protect you against type 1 diabetes. EVOO contains other bioactive compounds, like polyphenols, which are loaded with antioxidants and could help to prevent fat build-up in the body, especially in the liver. This helps to better control blood sugar levels after meals.
4. Taking the pressure off
By consuming two daily tablespoons of polyphenol-rich extra virgin olive oil, you can lower your systolic blood pressure. EVOO can help to improve the dilation of arteries which lowers the risk of a heart attack or stroke. It can also improve abnormal heart rhythms and boost your overall heart health. In other words, if you are serious about keeping your heart healthy, then our range of Willow Creek Olive Estate extra virgin olive oils would be the perfect addition to your kitchen pantry.
5. An amazing source of antioxidants
Some of the main antioxidants in EVOO are flavones, lignans, acids, phenol alcohols and secoiridoids. These molecules not only help to prolong the shelf-life of each bottle of extra virgin olive oil you purchase, but also benefit overall health. The antioxidants present in extra virgin olive oil fight free radicals present in our bodies. An excess of free radicals are known to cause oxidative stress and have been linked to various cancers.
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