I am sure you have heard of many benefits of virgin and extra virgin olive oil but did you know that one of the phenolic compounds in olive oil, oleocanthal, uses the same mechanism of action as ibuprofen and has potent anti-inflammatory actions. It decreases a number of inflammatory mediators and exhibits neuroprotective properties. Researchers are looking at oleocanthal and other phenolic compounds, such as oleuropein and hydroxytyrosol, in studies investigating their impact on atherosclerosis, obesity, blood sugar control, Alzheimer’s disease and cancer among many other conditions.
How can you make sure you get these amazing phenolic compounds into your diet? Use virgin olive oil (ideally organic extra virgin olive oil) with the most pungent peppery flavour as a daily staple in your salad dressings, marinades, soups and drizzled onto your vegetables.