Thursday, November 22, 2012

Easy way to improve your blood vessels

We have heard a lot about the benefits of olive oil, but the research reviewed here is interesting because it measured endothelium function after using olive oil for 4 months. The endothelium is the lining inside the blood vessels.

The participants in the study were patients with early atherosclerosis which means they had started to develop deposits in the artery walls.

The research compared the effect of daily intake of 30 ml of olive oil, with 30 ml of epigallocatechin 3-gallate (EGCG) supplemented olive oil (Widmer RJ, et al. 2012). Both endothelium function and inflammatory indicators were evaluated.

The results showed no difference after 4 months between the regular olive oil and the supplemented oil, but the regular olive oil improved endothelium function significantly and there was also a significant reduction in inflammatory markers.

This indicates that inflammation affects endothelial function. Just a little bit of olive oil as salad dressing every day can make a significant difference.

To read the original abstract, click on the reference below.


Widmer RJ, Freund MA, Flammer AJ, Sexton J, Lennon R, Romani A, Mulinacci N, Vinceri FF, Lerman LO, Lerman A. Beneficial effects of polyphenol-rich olive oil in patients with early atherosclerosis. Eur J Nutr. 2012 Aug 8.

Published with permission by Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac : Dr. Marsh has worked with and referrers patients to Dr. Sopler for co-management for years . . . He is quite simply San Diego's top functional medicine consultant.

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