Dr Mercola Researchers on Olive Oil

 Dr. Mercola’s Olive Oil   Researchers found that participants in a study who consumed the most olive oil tended to have healthier diets than those who consumed the least amount of olive oil. Participants who had the highest consumption of olive oil consumed less cereal and baked goods but more eggs and vegetables, and had a higher vitamin intake than those who consumed the least amount of olive oil. Researchers concluded that olive oil is a major contributing factor to the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet.This study reinforces the value of olive oil in promoting health as part of the Mediterranean diet. While olive oil can and should be a healthy part of your diet, what most people do not appreciate is that olive oil should not be used to cook with.Olive oil is primarily a monounsaturated fat. This means that it has one double bond in its fatty acid structure. The problem with olive oil is its overabundance of oleic acid, which creates an imbalance on the cellular level that can inhibit prostaglandin production, which can increase the risk of breast cancer and heart disease.So if you plan on using a fat to cook with, your clear choice is coconut oil. Coconut oil is rich in lauric acid which is a proven antiviral and immune system builder.However, most commercial coconut oils are refined, bleached, and deodorized (RBD), and contain chemicals used in processing. Because of these variations my team and I here researched coconut oil extensively until we found the ideal source. I now highly recommend and offer you what is clearly the premier brand of virgin coconut oil in the United States, Tropical Traditions. This virgin coconut oil is not only certified organic, but it also met all our other requirements, including no GMO ingredients, bleaching, deodorizing, refining or hydrogenation. Tropical Traditions also uses fresh coconuts (not “copra” or dried coconuts like most oils) that come from a rural region of the Philippines untainted by urban pollution.I urge you to try this virgin coconut oil and experience the health benefits for yourself. If you do choose another brand, please be sure that it meets these requirementsMediterranean diet may help protect people against rheumatoid arthritis. A high intake of olive oil and cooked vegetables may reduce the risk of developing the disease. In rheumatoid arthritis, the immune system reacts against the body’s own tissues to cause joint swelling and pain, and eventually even the destruction of a joint. The causes remain unknown, but previous studies have suggested that dietary factors have a role in the disease. 

Vegetables and Olive Oil May Cut Rheumatoid Arthritis RiskThe researchers found that people who used the most olive oil were significantly less likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis than people who consumed the least. Participants who ate the greatest number of servings of cooked vegetables were about 75% less likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis than those who reported eating the fewest servings, the team determined. People with the lowest intake of cooked vegetables ate 0.85 servings of cooked vegetables a day, on average, and people with the highest intakes ate an average of 2.9 servings a day.In contrast to other studies, which have found that supplementing the diet with fish oil improves symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, the Greek investigators found no protective effect from a high intake of fish. The authors point out that Mediterranean people do not normally eat the type of fish that are rich in protective fatty acids — deep-water fish such as herring and mackerel. On the other hand, they suggest, the relatively high level of unsaturated fatty acids found in olive oil may help suppress the inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis, in much the same way that fatty acids in deep-water fish do.American Journal of Clinical Nutrition November 1999;70:1077-1082. COMMENT: I suspect that the high amounts of vegetables also had more to do with the researchers observations than the olive oil. Vegetables are one of the best investments you can make in your health. I believe that raw vegetables are far better than cooked which is why the vegetable juicing program I have mentioned previously is so helpful for your health.