Olive oil is an essential part of a healthy Mediterranean diet and it tastes so delicious on salads, in pasta and on fish.
But now scientists have claimed that drizzling olive oil on your food at least once a week lowers your risk of blood clots.
It’s long been known that the Mediterranean diet – of which olive oil is a key component – is associated with good heart health.
Researchers in New York have worked out why and how.
They said adding olive oil to your diet significantly lowers your risk of suffering clogged-up arteries which can lead to strokes and heart attacks.
It’s believed the molecular make-up of olive oil somehow makes your blood less likely to clot.
Dr Sean Heffron from New York University School of Medicine told Medical Xpress: ‘People who are obese are at increased risk of having a heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular event, even if they don’t have diabetes or other obesity-associated conditions.
‘Our study suggests that choosing to eat olive oil may have the potential to help modify that risk, potentially lowering an obese person’s threat of having a heart attack or stroke.’
Olive oil has long been known for its many health benefits, and is even said to be the secret to longer life expectancy rates in Malta, Spain, Italy and other Mediterranean countries.
Here are seven surprising ways it could help you to lead a healthier life:
1. Olive oil may help prevent high blood pressure
2. It could lower the risk of Alzheimer’s disease
3. Olive oil contains good fats, great for heart health
4. It may help protect you from depression
5. Extra virgin olive oil reduces inflammation
6. It’s packed with antioxidants and Vitamin E
7. Olive oil may play an important role in preventing osteoporosis