Why Extra Virgin Olive Oil Is Good For Health

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A compound commonly found in extra-virgin olive oil can significantly reduce symptoms of insulin resistance and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease — the negative effects of a high-fat diet, a study has found.

Hydroxytyrosol is a polyphenol found in extra-virgin olive oil, which is known to have antioxidant properties and may play a key role in its health benefits.

“Our research shows that in mice fed on a high-fat diet, hydroxytyrosol exerts a protective effect in the liver,” said lead author Rodrigo Valenzuela from the University of Chile.

The study conducted on a mice, showed that hydroxytyrosol was able to reduce liver enzymes that are linked to an imbalance in the fatty acid composition of the liver, brain and heart as well as increase their activity.

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