Health Benefits

There seems to be no end to the benefits provided by a diet rich in extra virgin olive oil. You've probably heard about recent studies connecting olive oil with a reduction in heart disease—its high density lipoproteins (HDLs) protect against low density lipoproteins (LDLs), also known as "bad cholesterol". Because of this you'll often hear fats with HDL referred to as "good cholesterol", because they carry LDLs from tissues and arteries to the liver where they can be eliminated, essentially cleansing the body of this harmful substance and lowering your cholesterol to boot.

But eating plenty of extra virgin olive oil does much more than help your heart. Did you know researchers now believe it also benefits cognitive function? Also, with vitamins E, A, and K, in addition to iron, calcium, magnesium, and potassium, extra virgin olive oil is good for your eyes, skin, and bones, and boosts your immune system, too. For centuries its been used to soothe the skin, strengthen nails, aid digestion, and ease the effects of alcohol consumption.

With so many ways to help us stay healthy, it's a bonus true extra virgin olive oil is so delicious. Discover tips and tricks for cooking with olive oil and find some delicious recipes in the Best Fresh Recipe Blog section. This one small change—replacing your usual butter and oils with extra virgin olive oil—can make a big difference in your health.