Olive Oil Nutrition, Benefits and Uses

Olive Oil Benefits and Useful in:
Cancer | Heart Disease | Inflammation | Obesity | High Cholesterol | High blood pressure | Cardiovascular disorders | Depression | Alzheimer’s | Liver | Colitis
Olive Oil Nutrition: 
Serving size: 100 g

Nutrients Amount
Energy 884 kcal
Energy 3699 kJ
Total lipid (fat) 100 g
Calcium, Ca 1 mg
Iron, Fe 0.56 mg
Potassium, K 1 mg
Sodium, Na 2 mg
Choline, total 0.3 mg
Betaine 0.1 mg
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) 14.35 mg
Tocopherol, beta 0.11 mg
Tocopherol, gamma 0.83 mg
Vitamin K (phylloquinone) 60.2 µg
Fatty acids, total saturated 13.808 g
Fatty acids, total monounsaturated 72.961 g
Phytosterols 221 mg

Source: USDA Nutrient Database

Olive Oil Benefits for Health Conditions:
Heart Disease:
Olive oil is rich in polyphenols like hydroxytyrosol. This compound protects the cells lining the blood vessels and prevents its damage by reactive oxygen species. The oil is rich in monounsaturated fats which are easily absorbed in the blood and reach the cell membranes leading to alterations in the cell signalling pathways, thereby decreasing the blood pressure. Olive oil has remarkable anti-artherogenic properties which prevent the formation of plaques in the blood vessels and the development of diseases like atherosclerosis. 

Alzheimer ’s disease:
Olive oil is rich in Oleocanthal, which is a naturally-occurring polyphenolic compound. Studies show that this compound is able to throw out the harmful proteins that cause Alzheimer;s disease, resulting in decreasing its incidence. This chemical boosts the production of some enzymes and proteins that decrease the accumulation of beta-amyloid protein, a major culprit in the Alzheimer’s disease.

Olive oil contains oleic acid, which blocks the chemicals that cause inflammatory diseases in the bowel and colon, leading to reduction in ulcerative colitis. Moreover, oleic acid and hydroxytyrosol also help in reducing the inflammatory effect on the pancreas and other oxidative-inflammatory diseases.