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Olive Oil Linked to Dramatic Heart Benefits

By    |   Friday, 21 Nov 2014 05:45 PM

More good news for fans of the Mediterranean diet:  New research shows that regular consumption of olive oil can drastically improve heart health — especially in people who have recently switched to the heart-healthy eating plan long favored by Italians and Greeks.

The study — by researchers at the Universities of Glasgow and Lisbon and Mosaiques Diagnostics in Germany — was designed to examine the effect of phenolics, natural compounds found in plants including olives, on heart health, Medical Xpress reports.
 
The findings, published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, are based on an examination of 69 healthy volunteers who were split into two groups and asked to consume high or low levels of olive oil every day over a six-week period. Most of the participants did not regularly consume olive oil.
 
"What we found was that regardless of the phenolic content of the oil, there was a positive effect on [heart-health] scores,” said Emilie Combet, M.D. of the School of Medicine at the University of Glasgow. “In the population studied, any olive oil, low or high in phenolics, seems to be beneficial. The fatty acids are probably the main contributors to the observed effect.”

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