That’s only one reason why this oil could make someone excited (besides the obvious yum! factor).
As it turns out, this oil is also really effective at combatting Alzheimer’s disease – and hey, it also lowers blood sugar levels.
The Mediterranean diet seems to include servings of all healthy food: green vegetables, red wine, olive oil, and portions of chicken and fish.
A Mediterranean salad typically contains fresh vegetables like spinach, lettuce, celery, and carrots that are full of nitrates and nitrites.
The nitrates and nitrites combine with the unsaturated fats found in olive oil (an essential part of Mediterranean diet) produce a specific type of fatty acid.
This nitro fatty acid inhibits an enzyme called epoxide hydrolase.
A research team based at Kings College London focused on finding out if this particular enzyme plays a key role in reducing blood pressure.
They created a line of mutant mice in which the gene for epoxide hydrolase was inactivated. They found that when the mice were fed a diet rich in unsaturated fat, the mutant mice had lowered blood pressure.
The study shows how a Mediterranean diet—with olive oil in the forefront—lowers blood pressure at the molecular level.
Even better, the same diet is shown to be effective for lowering blood sugar, Alzheimer’s disease and different types of cancer.
But if you really want to take your blood pressure head-on, you’ll need just 19 minutes a day.