We all know the old adage, ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away.’ But if you’re looking to better your health, you’re probably better off skipping what’s in the fruit bowl for this pantry item instead.
Not only is extra virgin olive oil rich in Vitamins E and K and packed with antioxidants and essential fatty acids, a new study by Brown University has found that simply adding three tablespoons of the stuff to your diet daily can prevent cancer, chronic disease and help with weight loss.
With that in mind, we’ve rounded up a few other benefits you may not know about:
1. It puts you in the mood
Olive oil boosts circulation to all areas of the body (including the hard-to-reach erogenous zones.)
2. It's heart happy
It’s made up of 70 per cent monounsaturated fatty acids, which helps lower cholesterol in the blood and, in turn, reduces cardiovascular problems.
3. It keeps things moving
Olive oil boosts the metabolism and contributes to the operation health of vital organs like the pancreas, stomach and intestines.
4. It deters diabetes
Research suggests that olive oil helps regulate and balance insulin levels, which may prevent or delay the onset of diabetes when consumed as part of a balanced diet.
5. It keeps you sharp
Olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fat, which experts say contributes to the prevention or slow of cognitive decline.
6. It helps with pain
It contains a substance called oleocanthal, which has anti-inflammatory properties.
7. It boosts the immune system
Because it’s loaded with antioxidants, research shows olive oil can help our bodies become more resistant to infection.
This article originally appeared on Women's Health.