Olive You, Olive You Too

Olive oil is the primary source of fat in Mediterranean diets for good reason. It is an excellent source of monounsaturated fatty acids and antioxidants which has long been linked with supporting cardiovascular health with positive effects on lowering LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol, blood pressure, oxidative damage and inflammation. Olive oil takes care of our heart but a love of olive oil can also help protect your bones too!

A study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism shows that a steady inclusion of olive oil in your diet over an extended period of time helps increase serum osteocalcin concentrations which reduces the risk of suffering from fractures and osteoporosis as we age.

If you are currently recovering from a hard tissue injury, it may well be worth investing in a bottle of olive oil.

References:

Covas MI, Olive Oil and the Cardiovascular System, Nutritional Pharmacology, 2007, 55(3):175-86.

Fernandez-Real JM, A Mediterranean Diet Enriched with Olive Oil is Associated with Higher Serum Osteocalcin Levels, Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, 2012.

About the Author

Job Role Sports Nutritionist and Social Media Coordinator Qualifications Bsc Sport and Exercise Science Steph has a competitive athletic background which spans 19 years. As a child she performed with the English Youth Ballet and had performed on the West End stage by the age of 10. Her enthusiasm for sport and fitness continued to grow as she did, encouraging her to learn more about nutrition and training. She began using her knowledge and personal experience to help others when she began coaching at the age of 16. From here, she went on to study Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Essex during which time she also received the Most Promising Newcomer Award from her University to mark her outstanding contribution to sport. During her first year of study she was introduced to partner stunt acrobatics and artistic gymnastics. After one year of dedicating herself to a lifestyle revolving around her sport, she was training with the best team in the UK who are currently ranked fifth in the world. Steph has worked in both the private and public sector coaching children and adults from grassroot to elite level as well as providing them with cutting edge advice on how to reach their goals. Steph has received awards for her choreography and has competed nationally and internationally meaning that she can back up her scientific knowledge with a wealth of experience. As our resident Sports Nutritionist, Steph is here to provide the most current and evidence based fitness, health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals.
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