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     Health Benefits of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Polyphenols are nature’s antioxidants and are a major source of Extra Virgin Olive Oil’s health benefits. Among oils only Extra Virgin Olive Oil is rich in polyphenols which result in its healthful properties.

Scientific research continues to discover many health benefits of Extra Virgin Olive Oil, including …

  • It is not only cholesterol free, but it helps to reduce harmful cholesterol levels, thus reducing the risk of heart disease.

  • It is a natural source of vitamins E, A and K.

  • It is an excellent source of antioxidants that fight against ‘free-radicals’ which have been linked with cancer.

  • It is found to reduce oxidative damage to DNA which may be a factor in preventing cancer.

  • It is found to be beneficial for brain function due to naturally occurring fatty acids and omegas.

  • It can benefit non-insulin dependent diabetics because it is a monounsaturated fat.

  • Oleocanthal in olive oil has been found to have the same anti-inflammatory response as ibuprofen.

  • Increased olive oil consumption has been linked to a decreased risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis.

  • Oleic acid has been found to be effective against breast, colon and prostate cancer cells.

  • Elderly people who consume olive oil daily have fewer strokes than those who do not.

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  • Research suggests that eating/drinking 2 tablespoons (23g) of Extra Virgin Olive Oil daily may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease due to the monounsaturated fat in olive oil.

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil has a higher smoking point than other edible oils whereby you can heat to temperatures over 200°C. Olive oil is stable at relatively high temperatures.

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil enhances the natural flavour of foods. Olive oil will add that authentic Mediterranean flavour to your cooking!

  • Quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil can keep longer than other edible oils, particularly if it is kept in an air-tight bottle or container away from heat and light.

    When buying Extra Virgin Olive Oil, look for the OliveMark®

    This ensures that the olive oil:

  • Has passed the International Olive Oil Council’s requirements to be certified as Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Chemical and Organoleptic assessments)

  • Is packaged and labelled appropriately, including showing the Pressed Date and Best Before Date.

  • Is fresh and tasty.

  • Is guaranteed 100% New Zealand Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

    It must be Extra Virgin Olive Oil to have the associated health benefits.

Guide to buy extra virgin olive oil in New Zealand
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