Olive oil has so many benefits for the health and usage history since the ancient time of Romans. As well the modern research have confirmed so many health benefits of olive oil. Since ancient times olive oil has been connected to longer life expectancy, and now with reduced risk of cancer. According to a newly published study, olive oil can actually help to protect your lungs from the grime of air pollution.
Nowadays pollution is drastic problem, polluted air comes from the cars, factories. The polluted air raise blood pressure, increase the risk of strokes and even can cause heart attacks.
Information from the American Heart Association suggests that even a small amount of exposure to air pollution increases heart problems. Regular exposure results in a buildup of fat along arteries, which can cause many heart problems.
Researchers from the Environmental Protection Agency decided to see if any type of oil could provide any protection against air pollution.
To all of the participants were given different types of oil before breathing polluted air. The after results shows that the olive oil has the best reactions. So if you are breathing polluted air is for the best to consume olive oil. Also fish oil was used in this experiment but did not showed signs of improvement.
There are a few reasons for why olive oil provides so much protection against air pollution. The oleic acid in olive oil has anti-inflammatory effects that help the blood vessels to not react to pollution. The olive also increases the production of a certain protein, called tissue plasminogen activator that breaks up blood clots before they can grow to a problematic size.
The effect of blood clot breaking lasted for 20 hours after consumption of olive oil supplement. Different studies had shown that olive oil is helping to improve blood flow and decrease blood pressure even in situations with no pollution. Though this study did not study long term pollution effects, olive oil does help to lower cholesterol, so it may also help with the fat buildup in the arteries that is associated with long-term pollution. The researchers of the EPA study suggest that more research should be done on this subject in order to test the long term effects of olive oil.
If you live in area with lot of air pollution is necessary to consume even a small dose of olive oil.