Bone disease is not something that most people think about until it becomes an issue, which usually happens later in older age.
It was noticed that people in Mediterranean countries, which have a high consumption of olive oil, have a reduced risk of weakened bones. And there is some evidence that there is a link between bone strength and olive oil consumption.
People in the Mediterranean countries typically consume a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, and also one rich in olive oil, typically at least 2-4 tablespoons daily. The kind of olive oil consumed is the very richest in nutrients, which is extra virgin and first-pressed. It is believed that this consumption is good for general health and for bone strength.
The reason for these health benefits is due to the presence of antioxidant phenolic compounds. These compounds are able to reduce inflammation throughout the body, lower cholesterol levels, prevent oxidative stress to the cells and reduce the chances of heart attacks and strokes.
It is also believed that regular consumption of olive oil can help lower the risk of certain cancers, such as cancer of the colon.
It is believed that olive oil's contribution to bone health is partly due to the fact that it is rich in vitamins, minerals, fatty acids and water soluble components. It is rich in oleic acid, a monounsaturated fatty acid, and linoleic acid as well.
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