A specific study was conducted at Virginia Tech University regarding the intrinsic health benefits of both olives and the oil derived from them. There has been long-standing beliefs that olives and olive oil are amazing for the heart and various other aspects of health. The Mediterranean diet regards it as a staple and as such, many people in that region taut its praises and supreme abilities. But little is known on why and how this fruit and oil is so effective. The biochemical interactions of the compounds within the fruit itself give way to why it’s such a wonderful option.
Weight loss and even blood sugar levels can be positively impacted by the olive-derived compound oleuropein, which helps the body to naturally secrete additional insulin. This is the primary signaling molecule which helps to regulate the body’s metabolism. This compound was also found to be an integral one that assists in detoxifying. The study conducted was done to help provide more information on why this fruit is so effective in the ways that it helps. It can also be used to potentially produce products, at a low cost, that will help to fight type 2 diabetes and the issue of obesity that often accompanies it.
The assistant professor of biochemistry in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Bin Xu explained, “we believe it will not only contribute to the biochemistry of the functions of the olive component oleuropein, but also have an impact on the general public to pay more attention to olive products in light of the current diabetes epidemic.” It is estimated that one in 11 people in this country have diabetes. That is significantly higher than just 10 or even 20 years ago. The disease is growing exponentially by leaps and bounds. That’s positively outrageous and cause for grave concern. Especially because diabetes puts the body at risk for so many other health complications such as heart disease and increased risk of stroke.
Now that the study was able to ascertain the compounds within the olive itself that provides such great benefits, the next viable step would be to introduce the compound into a diabetic animal model to investigate specifics as far as dosage and severity of the disease. This is also the best way to find any potential new functions of the compound. Olive oil has also been known to have impressive effects on aging.
Improve Your Metabolism
Properly controlling metabolism is one of the central components to overall health. Many different health issues and ailments target the metabolism’s ability to be self regulatory and that can thus cause a whole multitude of issues and potential concerns. Eating olives or using olive oil to cook with is a great way to know you are making strides to positively improve your metabolism.
How your body reacts to the food that it processes is crucial to metabolism and the overall makeup of the body. Not only does olive oil have a great flavor makeup but it also can be found anywhere. It’s one of the most popular oils and a healthy source of incredible fats that are tremendous for your heart.