Extra Virgin Olive Oil - it's good for you!

Many claims are made about the health benefits of using olive oil, but the fact is, many of these claims are based on sound facts, and not just the Mediterranean diet that has historically been associated with low levels of cardiovascular disease.

Our olive oils are 98% fat, but much of the complex fats in Extra virgin olive oil are an important part of a healthy lifestyle and can reduce the risk of heart disease.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil contains high levels of Mono and polyunsaturated fats that help to lower blood pressure and importantly to raise the levels of High Density Lipoproteins in the blood preventing the formation of fatty deposits in arteries and carrying them to the liver to be eliminated – the so called “Good Cholesterol”. It also helps lower the levels of Low Density Lipoproteins in the blood – the so called “Bad Cholesterol”

The antioxidising benefits of olive oil have also been highlighted in medical research. Rich in Vitamin E, Olive Oil neutralizes the effects of chemicals in the environment that react and damage body cells – so called “Free Radicals”.

Antioxidants are also said to reduce the effects of ageing. Some researchers even claim that olive oil has a measurable effect in preventing cancers associated with diet, notably colon; prostate; and breast cancers

Olive Oil is also thought to help calcium absorption and thus help against osteoporosis. It is also thought to insure against memory loss and cognitive decline, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Importantly the health benefits of Olive Oil apply largely to fresh Extra Virgin Olive Oil and not to oil that has been refined. Hence the marketing terms of Pure and Lite are especially misleading.


Neudorf Olives, Upper Moutere Nelson