Olive Oil Osteoporosis, Osteopenia protection has been the subject of recent research. The oil from Olives has long been associated with cardiovascular benefits but recent research is showing that it may also be protective of bone density.
There are a number of studies on this topic:
We need to be clear about what Olive Oil can do. The articles give no evidence that Olive oil can reverse bone loss once it has occurred. Olive oil does not reverse bone loss BUT it appears to be a potent ally in preventing bone loss from happening in the first place....and in preventing additional bone loss if you already have Osteopenia or Osteoporosis.
So why not switch to Olive oil for your salads....or even use it as a 'dipping sauce' as many of the finer Italian restaurants do. For myself, I like the flakes of hot red pepper floating on top of dipping sauces. And ALL the better Italian restaurants used fresh pressed olive oil in their cooking and on their salads. Its widespread use is one of the reasons why the Mediterranean diet has been shown to be one of the healthiest eating patterns in the world.
TIP: If you are going to buy olive oil be sure to purchase FIRST PRESSED - extra virgin olive oil. You may pay a few cents more but it is more than worth it.
SPECIAL NOTE: While it is clear that the oil does not, of itself, build bone there is research that shows Olive leaf can build bone and anyone with Osteopenia or Osteoporosis should consider learning more about Olive leaf, a powerful bone building supplement.
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And remember that IF YOU KNOW THE CAUSES of your Osteopenia or Osteoporosis, you will be in a much better place for increasing your bone density. Remember it is seldom that age is the only cause of bone loss....especially if you are younger than age 89.
Click on Causes of bone loss