If you take a look at our menu, you’ll see olive oil as an ingredient in a lot of our offerings. On the one hand, olive oil is delicious and has a multitude of uses. On the other, it has numerous health benefits that make it a phenomenal addition to any diet. Curious as to exactly what regular consumption of olive does for you? Keep reading for some facts.
The brain is ultimately the biggest driver of your body and it is mostly comprised of fatty acids, which is why we require a good amount on a daily basis to keep our bodies functioning, our moods in check, and our minds clear of fog. Olive oil is a great source of healthy fats and is considered a brain food, meaning it can help improve both memory and focus. It also aids in reducing inflammation while fighting off ADDLs, which are brain toxic proteins that can provoke Alzheimer’s or dementia.
Did you know that olive oil has hormone-balancing properties? Low-fat diets are frequently tied to higher incidents of depression and anxiety. By consuming olive oil, the monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (both very healthy fats) help ward off depressive moods. If your brain doesn’t receive a sufficient number of healthy fats, vital chemical functions like thought processing and healthy sleep patterns suffer greatly.
Cancer is a health concern that should be on everyone’s minds, especially in terms of prevention. Olive oil contains a high number of antioxidants, especially brands that label their olive oil is cold-pressed. When the oil isn’t subject to high-heat processes, a number of anti-oxidants are kept wholly intact. These anti-oxidants include hydroxytyrosol, tyrosol, phenyl propionic acids, and acteosides. In addition to those, olive oil contains solid amounts of squalene and terpenoids as well.
These benefits are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to olive oil consumption. Next time you bite into our Panino Lady or Italian sandwiches, relish in the goodness of olive oil. Stop by Bricco Salumeria next time you’re hungry, you won’t regret it.