Undo the damage with olive oil

It’s beginning to feel a lot like olives and their oil are perfect for the festive season. Now that some of us are eyeing that outer notch on our belts, it’s time – as it is all year round, of course – to turn to olives. Because the news is in that olives and their oil can actually reverse some of the damage done by high-fat diets, and may even help to combat fatty liver disease.

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Olive oil: nature’s anti-inflammatory

When it comes to avoiding the chronic diseases associated with growing older, preventing inflammation is key, since inflammation underlies heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s, and is also linked with other health conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Lyme’s, IBD and psoriasis.

Eating plenty of anti-inflammatory foods not only helps to ward off illness but effectively slows the rate of ageing. Adding olive oil to dishes is an easy way to do it, with many studies showing that olive oil is a valuable anti-inflammatory functional food. 1-4

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