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2012-08-30

Olive Oil for Blood Vessel Health

It's been almost 2 weeks since I've posted and discussed a new study, so I know you're starving for nutrition research. Well, here's a quick appetizer...

In a double-blind, randomized trial enrolling 82 patients with early atherosclerosis (52 completed study), researchers found that consuming olive oil (OO) improved endothelial function and reduced inflammation.

In this 4-month study, subjects received either a daily intake of 30 mL of OO alone, or 30 mL of OO enriched with epigallocatechin 3-gallate (EGCG). Results found that OO alone improved endothelial function and reduced inflammatory parameters. Since there were no significant differences in results between the two groups, the results indicate OO was responsible for the health benefits, and its intake may improve endothelial dysfunction in patients with early atherosclerosis.

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Source: Beneficial effects of polyphenol-rich olive oil in patients with early atherosclerosis

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