Why is Quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil Important
Most olive oil that you find in the store is factory-produced and looks clear since they have been refined. These olive oils are priced much less expensive than producers can produce 100% pure Extra Virgin Olive Oil for. Since there is a well-known demand for olive oil, supermarkets sell poor quality olive oils as lost leader items. The consumers are forgetting when they are buying cheap olive oil they are only cheating themselves from the long list of health benefits they may not be getting. These oils are most likely comprised of; second pressing, old oil, mixed from various farms, region(s), countries, may not be extra virgin and have a high acidity, may be cut with pomace oil, or other fillers, the list goes on…
Photo above is the remains after pressing olive oil. The mills sell this waste from small producers and it is used to make economic olive oil. (second pressing)
In order to obtain the well-known benefits of olive oil you need to consume fresh real Extra Virgin Olive Oil like Louianna which is Certified Organic and Certified PDO. High quality olive oil contains; antioxidants known as polyphenols, and oleocanthal, Alpha-Lipoic Acid, high vitamin contents and high peroxide levels.
Understanding Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) and your Nutrition
In general, EVOO is characterized by perfect flavor and odor, maximum acidity (oleic acid) of 1g/100g of 1% with maximum peroxide value mcq 012/kg of 20.
EVOO is to be obtained from pressed fresh whole olives. It is high quality Olive oil which is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids that are a healthy dietary fat in comparison to saturated and trans fats (1-2). In addition, quality olive oil has powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties (3).
Photo above is First Pressing 100% pure EVOO
EVOO has been consumed and applied directly to the skin for centuries. EVOO is rich in monounsaturated fats and has anti-inflammatory properties. Due to this, olive oil is used to prevent and treat cardiovascular diseases, cancers, and arthritis (1,2,4,5). In addition, the use of olive oil as the main source of fat has been shown to reduce the occurrence of diabetes (6) and reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and depression (7,8). The powerful antioxidant properties of olive oil are beneficial to fight free radicals to prevent cellular damage (3). The high linoleic acid content in olive oil makes it an efficient moisturizer for skin and treatment for skin inflammation (9).
Olive oil has been used to treat and prevent a range of conditions:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Weight loss
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Increase elasticity of skin
- Moisturizing skin
- Skin blemishes
- Skin inflammation
- Dry scalp
- Split hair ends
Labofine (Laval, Quebec) carried out the product analysis in June 2015.
|Alpha-Lipoic Acid||1 mg/100mg|
|Vitamin E||14.8 mg/100g|
|Vitamin K||60.1 mcg/100g|
|Vitamin A||0 mg/100g|
|Vitamin C||0 mg/100g|
|Vitamin D||0 mg/100g|
Benefits by ingredients
Alpha-lipoic acid is an antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals and prevents cellular damage. It also functions to restore the levels of vitamin C and E. Alpha-lipoic acid is used for the treatment of diabetes, chronic fatigue, HIV, cancer, neurodegeneration, Lyme disease, and glaucoma (10).
Dimethylaminoethanol is an organic compound with anti-ageing benefits. Dimethylaminoethanol helps to firm and tighten the skin, which can give skin a more defined and youthful appearance.
Polyphenols are natural phytochemical compounds with beneficial antioxidant effects. The most common phenol found in olive oil is oleocanthal that helps to lower the risk of Alzheimer’s disease (7), and control metastatic breast and prostate cancers (11). Furthermore, oleocanthal has strong anti-inflammatory activity that is similar to ibuprofen (12).
Phytosterols are plant sterols that are similar to cholesterol. A diet rich in phytosterols reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases, since it reduces the absorption of cholesterol.
Vitamin E has a high content of antioxidants and is beneficial in treating and preventing heart disease, diabetes, cancer, respiratory infections, chronic fatigue, memory loss, and premenstrual discomfort. In addition, vitamin E is very powerful in improving the condition of your skin by lightening stretch marks, boosting collagen production, and preventing wrinkles.
Vitamin K plays a major role in blood clotting and is used to prevent blood thinning. It can also be applied to the skin to remove scars, stretch marks, and spider veins.
In compliance with the organic certification, Louianna is tested annually by BIO-ALMENTA. Year over year crop results vary slightly but fall between an acidity level .23% and .35%, and peroxides mcq 02/kg 6.9 which clearly reveals superior quality.
Nutritional Values Per Serving (Highlights)
(See detailed ITS Caleb Brett Analysis Report – Bottom)
Serving Size, 15 ML
|– Saturated Fat||2|
Health Benefits of Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
The health benefits of olive oil are extensive with new positive attributes discovered on an ongoing basis. Exhaustive studies have been conducted over the years linking the health benefits of olive oil to various diseases and disorders.
Health Benefits of Olive Oil for a wealth of information on the subject.
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