La Stampa, a national Italian newspaper, published a fascinating article today documenting the health benefits of antioxidants found in olive oil, namely polyphenols and oleuropein, which together are capable of stimulating cells growth that aid in the prevention of osteoporosis. The study is particularly interesting because although the Mediterranean diet, of which olive oil is a large component, has been tied to longer life longevity and overall health and wellness, its association with bone growth has long remained a mystery.
October is the month in which olives are picked and pressed, so now is a great time to start scouting around for high quality extra-virgin olive oil. Italians have long called olive oil “liquid gold” and swear by it for optimal health and cooking.
Stand tall and start eating the good stuff.