Olive Oil

Olive oil is considered the most important component of the Mediterranean diet. 

Olive oil is highly appreciated for its health benefits, which are particularly observed in the cardiovascular system. Regular intake of extra virgin olive oil is associated with increased life expectancy and a reduced risk of the development of chronic diseases, as evidenced by a number of clinical studies.

Olive oil has been for long regarded sacred and holy and nowadays is considered the most important component of the Mediterranean diet. The Mediterranean diet is a symbol of healthy life and longevity and consists of fresh plant-based meals, incorporating a moderate intake of fish, wine, and whole-grain products.

Extra virgin olive oil regulates the make-up of the intestinal microbiota (bacteria and other microorganisms), promoting the cultivation of the beneficial ones and elimination of the pathological ones. Intestinal microorganisms interact with the brain via the “gut-brain axis”, which means that chemicals released in the gut by the microbiota can influence the development and function of the brain.

Since olive oil contributes in the composition of the gut bacteria, it induces a wide range of health benefits: e.g., an increase in mucosal immunityanti-inflammatory effects, and modulation of genes expressionvia epigenetic mechanisms. The alteration of the intestinal microbiota and improvement of mucosal immunity is also associated with a decreased risk in development of colorectal carcinoma.

Olive oil contains polyphenols – substances, that are appreciated for their anti-atherosclerotic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-oxidant properties.

One study, with 7447 participants with increased risk for cardiovascular disease, demonstrated that consumption of 4 tablespoons (60 ml) of the extra virgin olive oil per day is associated with a 30% lower risk of cardiovascular events and improved cognitive functions compared with a low-fat diet.

Also, the neuroprotective effect in Alzheimer’s disease is attributed to the anti-inflammatory effect of this nutrient, which explains its cognitive-beneficial properties.

Olive oil is also widely used in dermatology, cosmetics, and skin-care. It is appreciated for its anti-aging, soothing, moisturizing, and wound-healing effects.



– A daily intake of 2-4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil lowers the cardiovascular, neurodegenerative, and cancerogenic risk

 – Application of olive oil or olive oil-based ointments on skin has a soothing, calming, and moisturizing effect (especially recommended for dry, irritated, or sun-burnt skin)


During our Mehana Programs and seminars you are mostly welcome to test or purchase some of the Mehana Herbals products based upon the purest extra virgin olive oil originating from the local producers of the Mediterranean area. 


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Author: Kristina Höschlová

Posted on Jan 15, 2024