OLIVE OIL: What your Heart NEEDS

OLIVE OIL: What your Heart NEEDS

There has been recent misinformation to the public that a “low fat diet“ without olive oil is better for your heart. Now, I am an advocate of moderation – of course eating an abundance of any item is not beneficial. However, Olive oil has been widely studied for its positive effects on heart health – you cannot argue with science. I therefore urge consumers to educate themselves and evaluate WHO is offering this information. Is this information based on science or an individual’s financial gain. Please do your homework, you owe it to your heart to understand why Olive oil is beneficial for you.

Now let’s talk science, shall we? Olive oil is extremely beneficial for your heart, this stems from its chemical composition and its effect on cholesterol in the body. An important study evaluated the effect of olive oil polyphenols on people’s lipid profiles, apo B-100 concentrations, LDL particle distribution and LDL oxidizability. Why does this study matter? LDL oxidation is considered to be a key player in the development of atherosclerotic plaques and therefore heart disease and even strokes. This study revealed olive oil polyphenols increased LDL resistance to oxidation and also decrease the plasma LDL concentrations, therefore protecting the heart and the brain [1].

There have been studies evaluating olive oil and its effect on the risk of developing heart disease. The EPICOR study evaluated the associated between fruit, vegetable and olive oil consumption and the risk of coronary heart disease – revealing an inverse relationship with olive oil consumption and coronary heart disease [2]. The most recent, THISEAS study, revealed a 37% reduced risk of developing coronary artery disease with exclusive olive oil consumption [3].

So what about those with previous heart problems? I urge you to read the Hellenic Heart Failure Study – the goal in this study was the evaluate the association between exclusive olive oil consumption and the development of left ventricular systolic dysfunction in patients with a previous acute coronary artery syndrome. Essentially, this study was evaluating the effect of olive oil on the “pumping ability” of hearts in individuals with previous cardiac problems. The results of this study showed that even in individuals with previous heart troubles – exclusive olive oil consumption was associated with a 65% lower likelihood of developing left ventricular systolic dysfunction [4]. In other words, a diet of olive oil minimized the risk of further heart damage in these individuals.

Olive oil, when eaten in moderation – offers an amazing benefit to your heart, to your blood vessels – and don’t forget – it even enhances the taste of your meals. Eat well in knowing your heart is benefiting from Basil Olive Oil’s Extra Virgin Eleni Olive oil.

  • Evangeline Koutalianos, M.D. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation & Certifications in Fitness and Nutrition


References:

1. Hernaez A, Remaley AT, et al. Olive Oil Polyphenols Decrease LDL Concentrations and LDL Atherogenicity in Men in a Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Nutrition. (2015).

2. Bendinelli B, Giovanna M, et al. Fruit, vegetables, and olive oil and risk of coronary heart disease in Italian women: the EPICOR Study. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Feb2011; 93(2): 275-283. (9p)

3. Dimitriou M, Rallidis LS, et al. Exclusive olive oil consumption has a protective effect on coronary artery disease; overview of the THISEAS study. Public Health Nutr. 2016 Apr;19(6):1081-7

4. Chrysohoou C, Kastorini, C-M, et al. Exclusive Olive Oil Consumption Is Associated with Lower Likelihood of Developing Left Ventricular Systolic Dysfunction in Acute Coronary Syndrome Patients: The Hellenic Heart Failure Study. Ann Nutr Metab 2010;56:9–15

OLIVE OIL: What your Heart NEEDS.
There has been recent misinformation to the public that a “low fat diet“ without olive oil is better for your heart. Now, I am an advocate of moderation – of course eating an abundance of any item is not beneficial. However, Olive oil has been widely studied for its positive effects on heart health – you cannot argue with science. I therefore urge consumers to educate themselves and evaluate WHO is offering this information. Is this information based on science or an individual’s financial gain. Please do your homework, you owe it to your heart to understand why Olive oil is beneficial for you.
Now let’s talk science, shall we? Olive oil is extremely beneficial for your heart, this stems from its chemical composition and its effect on cholesterol in the body. An important study evaluated the effect of olive oil polyphenols on people’s lipid profiles, apo B-100 concentrations, LDL particle distribution and LDL oxidizability. Why does this study matter? LDL oxidation is considered to be a key player in the development of atherosclerotic plaques and therefore heart disease and even strokes. This study revealed olive oil polyphenols increased LDL resistance to oxidation and also decrease the plasma LDL concentrations, therefore protecting the heart and the brain [1].
There have been studies evaluating olive oil and its effect on the risk of developing heart disease. The EPICOR study evaluated the associated between fruit, vegetable and olive oil consumption and the risk of coronary heart disease – revealing an inverse relationship with olive oil consumption and coronary heart disease [2]. The most recent, THISEAS study, revealed a 37% reduced risk of developing coronary artery disease with exclusive olive oil consumption [3].
So what about those with previous heart problems? I urge you to read the Hellenic Heart Failure Study – the goal in this study was the evaluate the association between exclusive olive oil consumption and the development of left ventricular systolic dysfunction in patients with a previous acute coronary artery syndrome. Essentially, this study was evaluating the effect of olive oil on the “pumping ability” of hearts in individuals with previous cardiac problems. The results of this study showed that even in individuals with previous heart troubles – exclusive olive oil consumption was associated with a 65% lower likelihood of developing left ventricular systolic dysfunction [4]. In other words, a diet of olive oil minimized the risk of further heart damage in these individuals.
Olive oil, when eaten in moderation – offers an amazing benefit to your heart, to your blood vessels – and don’t forget – it even enhances the taste of your meals. Eat well in knowing your heart is benefiting from Basil Olive Oil’s Extra Virgin Eleni Olive oil.
 Evangeline Koutalianos, M.D. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation &Certifications in Fitness and Nutrition
References
1. Hernaez A, Remaley AT, et al. Olive Oil Polyphenols Decrease LDL Concentrations and LDL Atherogenicity in Men in a Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Nutrition. (2015).
2. Bendinelli B, Giovanna M, et al. Fruit, vegetables, and olive oil and risk of coronary heart disease in Italian women: the EPICOR Study. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Feb2011; 93(2): 275-283. (9p) 3. Dimitriou M, Rallidis LS, et al. Exclusive olive oil consumption has a protective effect on coronary artery disease; overview of the THISEAS study. Public Health Nutr. 2016 Apr;19(6):1081-7
4. Chrysohoou C, Kastorini, C-M, et al. Exclusive Olive Oil Consumption Is Associated with Lower Likelihood of Developing Left Ventricular Systolic Dysfunction in Acute Coronary Syndrome Patients: The Hellenic Heart Failure Study. Ann Nutr Metab 2010;56:9–15

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