Most experts agree that extra virgin olive oil is one of the healthiest oils you can consume. Extra virgin olive oil is at the core of the Mediterranean diet, which has been recognized for it's health benefits for decades. In fact, the Sicani Mountain region in western Sicily, where La Furtuna Estate is located, has been studied for the longevity of citizens and it's abundance of centenarians (present at almost six times the rate of the rest of Italy). Of course there's many factors that can contribute to this, but we're pretty confident about one of them: liberal use of great extra virgin olive oil.
About 75 % of olive oil is monounsaturated fats. Diets with a high level of monounsaturated fats have been shown to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and triglycerides, and raise HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol). It also can reduce inflammation and oxidative damage of LDL cholesterol, both key factors in the development of heart disease.
Rich in polyphenols, extra virgin olive oil can help in fighting against cancer. This abundance of antioxidants can reduce oxidative damage due to free radicals and is a major reason why the Mediterranean diet is thought to be so beneficial to health.
Supports Brain Health
Another major benefit of olive oil is it's support for the brain. Recent studies have suggested that extra virgin olive oil can be beneficial against neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's disease. Oleocanthal, an olive-derived polyphenol, has shown to flush out proteins that form plaques associated with Alzheimer's.
Natural source of Vitamins E & K
Extra virgin olive oil is a good dietary source of Vitamins E & K. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that protects cells from damage. It provides immune support and can help repair cells, which is why it's often found in skincare products. It's also beneficial for eye health. Vitamin K is a key factor in bone metabolism and regulating calcium in the blood.
It would be careless of us not to mention how wonderful extra virgin olive oil tastes. A good olive oil can be used in so many ways. Some of our favorites uses for Bona Furtuna Olive Oils are on salads or vegetables, in marinades and sauces, dipping breads, grilling meats, or finishing pastas and pizzas. How do you use your Bona Furtuna Olive Oil?