How to live longer: One tablespoon of olive oil a day is all you need to slash stroke and cancer risk, reveal experts

Eating one tablespoon of olive oil a day could help you live longer, according to experts. Olive oil, a key component of the health-giving Mediterranean diet, has long been said to be beneficial to health.

Now, medical consultant Dr. Sarah Brewer and dietician Juliette Kellow claim in their new book ‘Eat Better Live Longer’ that the oil could add years to your life.  They say the common cooking ingredient contains antioxidants which could help to prevent or slow down cancer growth and reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes – some of the world’s most common killers.

And it may reduce the damaging effects of cholesterol, blood pressure and age-related diseases, and improve cognitive function, the experts say.  Their claims add to years of scientific evidence suggesting the oil may help people avoid deadly diseases.

The oil is high in calories – 100 per tablespoon, according to Brewer and Kellow – so it should be consumed in moderation.  They suggest one tablespoon a day. But it is high in monounsaturated fats, which help to reduce cholesterol and cut the risk of heart attacks and stroke.  It also contains a lot of vitamin E which maintains healthy skin and eyes and strengthens the immune system.

Cancer and heart disease, which olive oil is thought to reduce the risk of, are two of the biggest killers of people worldwide.

‘A review of studies found people with the highest intakes of olive oil compared with the lowest intakes were 34 per cent less likely to have any type of cancer,’ Dr. Brewer and Ms. Kellow said.’  And particularly breast cancer.

‘It’s not clear exactly how olive oil makes this happen, although lab-based studies show that polyphenols in olive oil may help to prevent the initiation and progression of cancer through their antioxidant action.’  It may also help to prevent pancreatitis, liver damage, and inflammation in the intestines.

The pair say extra virgin olive oil gives the most health benefits and is best enjoyed raw, the Daily Express reports.  Dr. Brewer and Ms. Kellow say: ‘Extra virgin olive oil is also packed with polyphenols, many of which act as antioxidants and anti-inflammatories.

‘This is a powerful combination – the antioxidants mop up cell-damaging free radicals, while anti-inflammatories combat unwanted inflammation in the body.’  They add: ‘Many studies show a lower incidence of stroke in people who have good intakes of olive oil.’    (*Source: MailOnline dated Friday, Jun 22nd 2018)




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