Prevents Blood Clotting

High blood pressure is a serious health condition that can contribute to heart attacks, strokes, aneurysms, kidney disease, and other problems. High blood pressure (or hypertension) is a common medical problem, especially among diabetics.

Extra virgin olive oil has shown to help decrease both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. One study showed that four tablespoons of olive oil a day reduced the need for blood pressure medication in participants. Daily consumption of at least two tablespoons of phenol-rich extra virgin olive oil can be effective in lowering blood pressure. In one study, 35 percent of the participants were able to discontinue their hypertensive medications after consuming EVOO for six months.

Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) has often been associated with its heart-healthy benefits, but a recent study in the journal Nutrients offers further clarification, emphasizing that the type of EVOO you use does matter. The researchers found a significant decrease in systolic blood pressure—the “top” number on a blood pressure reading that indicates how much pressure your blood is exerting against artery walls when the heart beats—with the higher polyphenol consumption. Polyphenols really make a difference on major cardiovascular measures like blood pressure and arterial stiffness.

EVOO with higher phenol content can provide more benefits than EVOO with lower phenol content. Consuming two to four tablespoons of true and high quality EVOO such as Ellora Farms can keep your heart healthy in the long run and daily use of at least two tablespoons of EVOO can lower blood pressure.

The analysis of seven key studies found that EVOO with a total phenol content of at least 161 mg/kg at a minimum intake of two tablespoons (25 ml) a day could significantly decrease systolic blood pressure in as little as three weeks. EVOO that contains at least 300 mg/kg total phenols may also decrease diastolic blood pressure.