Olive Oil Compound Fights Diabetes and Obesity
Olive oil has been found to lower the risk of heart disease as well as protect against metabolic disorders. It even helps to keep your brain working on all circuits, and a recent study found that a particular compound in olive oil may inhibit brain cancer.
It’s pretty hard to disregard all of these amazing health benefits associated with olive oil.
But still, many people believe that the high fat content in olive oil will cause them to pack on the pounds. This fear causes many to avoid cooking with it altogether, foregoing all of its great health effects.
However, it turns out that a natural compound found in olives and olive leaves, has an extremely positive effect on metabolism. And despite popular belief, it may even help slim you down.
Hidden Ingredient in Olive Oil Helps Combat Diabetes and Obesity
Oleuropein is a phenolic compound in olive oil. And a groundbreaking new study has found that it may be the secret ingredient in olive oil that can reverse metabolic dysfunction associated with type 2 diabetes.
Secondly, oleuropein inhibits amylin amyloids. These are deposits that form within the pancreas and produce beta cell defects. And they are a hallmark feature of diabetes.
In these two distinct ways, oleuropein helps fight type 2 diabetes and diabetes-related obesity.
“Our work provides new mechanistic insights into the long-standing question of why olive products can be anti-diabetic,” said lead author Bin Xu.
How to Select the Best Olive Oil
Oleuropein may be the key to olive oil’s antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and health promoting activities. It’s also what gives extra virgin olive oil its pungent taste. This is important to note, because not all olive oils are created equal.
Unlike some olive oils that use solvents to extract oil from the seeds, extra virgin olive oil is extracted from the whole fruit using cold-press technique. This helps it retain a high measure of phenols — the most abundant being oleuropein.
In other words, if you want to gain the benefits of oleuropein, it’s important to select a high-quality, cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil. Anything else will have been heavily refined and offer very few health advantages.
You’ll also want to purchase one that comes in a tin or darkly tinted bottle. Then, when you bring it home, store it in a cool, dark place. This is to prevent exposure to light and heat that can cause the oil to deteriorate.
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