Does olive oil consumption protect from premature death?

Dr Frank Lipman
Dec 20, 2022

Did you know that research suggests a higher olive oil consumption promotes healthspan? Now might be a good time to ask yourself how much olive oil you consume.

Study Summary

A recent prospective study out of Harvard, found that those with the highest intake of olive oil had a nearly 20% decreased risk for premature death compared to those who did not consume any olive oil. Higher olive oil intake was also associated with 19% lower risk of death from heart disease, 17% lower risk of cancer-related death, a 29% lowered risk of death from neurodegenerative diseases, and a 18% lower risk of death from respiratory disease. The highest consumers consumed >0.5 tablespoon/day or >7 g/d.

Similar studies have shown healthspan protective effects of high olive oil consumption. For instance, one such study found that those who consumed >0.5 tbsp of olive oil daily had a 15% reduced risk of any heart-related disease and a 21% reduction in the risk of coronary heart disease.

The Hearty Take

The health benefits of olive oil consumption are likely due to its ability to reduce cellular, DNA damage, and inflammation because of its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It is also rich in healthy fats which are heart, brain and metabolic protective. Aim to consume more than 0.5 tablespoons of olive oil each day for the greatest benefits! Unsure where to add it into your diet? Reach out to your nutritionist!

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