Olive Oil and Colon Cancer
Research shows a lower incidence of cancer with an increased consumption of olive oil.
Extra virgin olive oil provides protection against colon cancer as well as breast and skin cancers, heart disease and some common affects of aging. I'm happy just to know that olive oil is full of good stuff that helps prevent cancer and other diseases, but scientists are isolating specific compounds to learn more.
Oleic acid makes up 75% of the fatty acid content in olive oil.It is rich in phenolic antioxidants, squalene, and oleic acid, so a diet including olive oil helps prevent oxidative stress. Antioxidants inhibit free radical cells, but these beneficial phenols are minimal in seed oils like canola or sunflower.
Research done at the University of Oxford shows that olive oil may be just as effective in the prevention of colon cancer as fresh fruits and vegetables.
Don't forget though, vegetables and fruits offer many other health benefits and need to be included in a healthy diet. As I talked about on the diet page, there is no one thing that will make you thin and healthy.
In a test-tube study by a European research team, triterpenes, (a waxy hydrocarbon that coats the skin of olives) was shown to trigger a natural process of death in human cancer cells.
It has been scientifically proven that adding olive oil to your diet decreases your chances of contracting cancer. Fatty acids are all the talk when breaking down exactly what it is that protects the body. For that reason olive oil has become somewhat of a celebrity, as it is loaded with fatty acids. Just a few years ago not many people knew about the benefits of olive oil but now the health world has done a better job educating the average person. There is a clear difference between trained health professionals and the average citizen. Clearly if someone is more interested in the scientific elements of olive oil they would need to search for schools that offer a MPH program online, or another type of health degree.
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