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A key characteristic of olive oil is its high content of polyphenols, which (as antioxidants) can be also found in foods such as wine, fruits and the coffee. It has been proved that polyphenols help humans reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases as they protect the molecules and the cell membranes from damage and they also act against oxidative stress. The consumption of olive oil on a daily basis, manages to cover to a significant degree the daily needs of human body in antioxidants. Alongside, polyphenols as antioxidants, protect also the olive oil itself, as they affect positively its aroma and flavor and they prevent its oxidation.

Olive Oil is also an excellent source of Vitamin E, a fat-soluble vitamin with a strong antioxidant action, that boosts the immune system. Vitamin E, is associated with the prevention of premature aging and provides in parallel significant protection to humans from diseases of the brain and the central neural system, such as Alzheimer's disease or even Parkinson.

Olive Oil & children

It is remarkable that within the components of Olive Oil, there are some fatty acids such us linoleic and linolenic acid in a ratio (omega-6 : omega-3) which corresponds to that found in breast milk. Besides to the high content of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, the above ratio supports the smooth growth of children and in particular the full development of their brain and their neural system. The above characteristic, coupled with the existence of oleic acid which belongs to the omega-9 fatty acids (an additional key component of Olive Oil), creates an excellent basis which allows calcium absorption and consequently promotes the formation and development of bones.

Additionally, the existence of stearic acid in Olive Oil, assists children’s body to absorb a series of fat-soluble vitamins such as vitamins A, D, E and K.



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