Olive Oil Health Benefits for Asthma
Inflammation is another one of those conditions that can be both helpful and harmful to our bodies. An example of when it’s helpful is when an injury occurs. Our body protects itself and induces healing by creating inflammation around the injured site. Blood vessels widen allowing increased blood flow to the area so that our white blood cells can get there in the quantities needed to “clean up” the area and induce healing. Although it may be uncomfortable and sometimes painful for a spell, in this case inflammation is a good thing.
But often times our bodies respond to certain foods or environmental factors by becoming chronically inflamed. Chronic inflammation is never a good thing, and is related to many diseases. Asthma, for instance, “is a lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways, often causing wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, and coughing.” (National institutes of health) With spring being upon us, those with asthma may experience some flare-ups due to the typical seasonal allergens. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, spring is the most common allergy season. And many of you could surely vouch that allergies and asthma go hand in hand.
You may be wondering by now what all of this has to do with olive oil. Certain foods and fats actually cause this undesirable inflammation, like sunflower oil, corn oil, and safflower oil. To the contrary, some foods and fats decrease inflammation, for instance, olive oil. Because it’s loaded with phytonutrients like squalene, beta-sitosterol, and tyrosol, olive oil does NOT cause the inflammation that other fats do. In fact, studies have shown that the compound oleocanthal found in olive oil can act like anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen. An article from Discovery Fit & Health suggested that regular use of olive oil may help lessen chronic inflammation throughout the body over the long term.
If asthma or other inflammatory issues are of concern to you, try some of our extra virgin olive oils with the highest polyphenol counts. Ask us to help you find these oils, or read the fusti labels for the count and taste some yourself. You’ll notice there is a “bite” at the back of your throat after you taste olive oil with high amounts of oleocanthal. The stronger the bite, the higher the level is.
While EVOO may not be the cure for all that ails you, it certainly is a delicious way to head in a healthier direction. We at D’Avolio thank you for letting us join you on the road to better health.
Additional information can be found at:
The Olive Oil Source: Asthma
Olive Oil Health Benefits
Yahoo! Voices: The Health Benefits and Uses of Olive Oil