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