Hey guys, Dr. Axe here, founder of DrAxe.com
and doctor of natural medicine. Today I want
to answer the question, is olive oil healthy
and talk about the many health benefits of
olive oil. And I might surprise you in this
video to let you know, olive oil can be an
incredible super food. The problem is 98%
of olive oil today is not true extra virgin
olive oil. And because of it, much of our
olive oil today is fake and it can actually
have some negative health benefits. So in
this video as well, I’m going to teach you
and show you at the end how to pick out some
real quality olive oil.
My wife and I, Dr. Chelsea a few years ago
went to Tuscany and we were in an area there
called Cinque Terre and I had some of their
pesto and their olive oil and I remember holding
up the olive oil and smelling it. It smelled
and tasted like fresh herbs were exploding
in my mouth at such a strong and potent scent.
And I said to my wife, I said, “Wow. This
is the best olive oil I’ve ever had.” I said,
“It’s unlike anything I’ve had in the U.S.”
And one of the things I started doing a lot
of research during the trip and once I got
back from the trip and found out that the
majority of olive oil today is laced with
other oils like soy bean oil, canola oil.
So it’s actually not good for you, it’s actually
toxic to the body. And I really started learning
over there as we did some cheese tasting,
olive oil tasting and wine tasting tours,
really seeing the process that they go through
in caring for and really creating amazing
quality olive oil.
And so first thing when buying olive oil,
you want to make sure that it is first pressed
and cold pressed. I’ll talk about more of
that about the end. But if you’re buying quality
olive oil, some of the things you’re going
to find in there, number one it is packed
with polyphenols. And polyphenols are a type
of anti-oxidant that really help support both
the brain as well as the heart. And so if
you’re looking to lower cholesterol, if you’re
looking to lower blood pressure, if you’re
looking to support your brain and focus and
even prevent long term diseases like Alzheimer’s
and Parkinson, we know that olive oil is a
great super food because of those polyphenols,
those fat soluble anti-oxidants.
Also we know olive oil is full of what are
known as mono and saturated fatty acids as
well as oleic acids. And these types of fatty
acids are very good for the heart. They also
support balancing hormones and help lubricate
your joints. And so again olive oil, an amazing
super food for all of those internal systems
within your body.
And last and not least, olive oil is also
packed with vitamin E. Vitamin E is crucial
for heart health, vitamin E is crucial for
having healthy glowing skin. So gain vitamin
E another very important fat soluble anti-oxidant
that is found in great amounts in extra virgin
olive oil. So again, if you want to improve
the health of your brain, your heart, as well
as your joints and your hormones, olive oil
is a must have in your diet.
And its a key element of the Mediterranean
diet. We’ve seen through medical studies that
those who were following a Mediterranean diet
which is high in olive oil and wild caught
fish, so a lot of healthy fats, have lower
incidences of cardio-vascular disease. So
again olive oil, amazing super food for that.
Now here’s the flip end of this. Most olive
oil today is not true olive oil. It is loaded
with . . . it’s either watered down with soy
bean oil, in fact there’s a great article
and study out there talking about, is your
olive oil fake? In fact you can do an online
search to find my article on it and just look
up Dr. Axe olive oil fake. If you do that
Google search will find my long form article
with every detail about . . . Even my five
step program on how to pick the best olive
oil and the olive oil I personally recommend.
So again just Dr. Axe, Olive oil fake on Google
and you’ll find it on there.
But again, here’s is what you want to do to
find good and real olive. Well let me say
this. The fake olive oil out there, because
it has soy bean oil and genetically modified
canola oil, it’s going to cause heart disease,
it’s going to be highly inflammatory. Whereas,
the Mediterranean diet in olive oil is anti-inflammatory
and help can reverse disease. This other fake
olive oil is going to be causing major health
problems. So here’s what you want to look
and here’s how you know if you’re getting
good quality olive oil.
Number one, now you can’t always be doing
when buying it but once you get it at home,
smell it. I mean I’m smelling with this olive
oil, I’m smelling pepper, I’m smelling fresh
herbs, I’m smelling olives. I mean I have
a really, it is a very distinct strong aroma
and smell that should be with your olive oil.
Your olive oil should always come in a dark
glass bottle, whether it’s dark brown or green.
Again, there should be a dark bottle there.
The other thing is if you put your olive oil
in the refrigerator, it should turn a little
white and cloudy there as well. So it should
harden up a little bit or at least get cloudy
there if you have the right olive oil. So
again putting it in the fridge you know right
away, opening it, you’re smelling it. Another
thing you want the dark bottle that’s number
three. Number four, you want to look for extra
virgin olive oil. Now, that’s not the only
thing you want to look for, but you wanted
to look for extra virgin and a few other things
to look for, I try and buy sometimes certified
or organic or at least a company that doesn’t
And also you want to look at the harvest season.
On this bottle here it says, Italian harvest
season 2014. And often at times it has a specific
date. In fact, this olive oil specifically,
again the 2014, the fall season there. And
it even says the lot number, so this is like
red wine. I mean they have it in barrels,
they have it in certain areas. This is lot
14L5. I mean we’re talking about very specific
So when you’re buying olive oil, you want
it again, dark glass bottle, you want it to
be extra virgin olive oil, you want it to
have that smell, you want to put it in the
refrigerator and it actually turns cloudy.
Or hardens slightly and then also you want
to be able to see the harvest date on there,
and the expiration date there on the bottle.
Those are key elements in finding olive oil.
So to answer your question, is olive oil healthy?
Absolutely. Olive oil has tremendous health
benefits, it’s one of the healthiest foods
in the world. It’s great for your heart, your
brain, your hormones, but it has to be real,
unadulterated true, extra virgin olive oil.
And if you want to learn more about the health
benefits of olive oil, again check out my
articles on DrAxe.com. D-R-A-X-E.com.
By the way, I’ve got some great healthy recipes
and I’ve got a pesto recipe on my website
using true olive oil that you would love.
Just again go to DrAxe.com or search Dr. Axe
pesto and you’ll find my recipe there online.
And hey, if you’ve enjoyed this video and
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Thanks for watching guys. This has been me,
Dr. Axe talking about, the many health benefits
of olive oil.
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Ninety-eight percent of olive oil today is not truly extra virgin olive oil but rather fake and causes negative health benefits. In this video, you will learn how to pick out the real, quality olive oil.
Benefits of a good quality olive oil include:
1) Polyphenols, which are fat-soluble antioxidants that protect the brain and heart which can lower blood pressure, cholesterol and prevent long-term diseases.
2) Monounsaturated fatty acids are good for the heart, support balancing hormones and lubricate joints.
3) Vitamin E improves heart health and increases healthy, glowing skin.
Most olive oil today is not true olive oil but is laced with negative ingredients such as soybean oil or canola oil.
Top ways to pick the best olive oil:
1) Smell the oil to see if it has a very distinct, strong aroma
2) Dark glass bottle
3) Should harden or get cloudy if put in the refrigerator
4) Look for extra virgin olive oil, certified organic and look at the harvest season date and expiration date on the bottle
Is olive oil healthy? Yes, it is great for your heart, brain and hormones but it has to be real extra virgin olive oil.
Dr. Josh Axe, DC, DNM, CNS, is a doctor of chiropractic, certified doctor of natural medicine and clinical nutritionist with a passion to help people eat healthily and live a healthy lifestyle.
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