Good fats – Olive oil protects your heart!

  • Tara Andresen

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Often we hear about the perils of eating fat – and don’t get me wrong – there is certainly no shortage of artery-clogging saturated fats available to eat. There are, however, some healthy fats that improve heart health.

In particular, research has shown that moderate amounts of daily olive oil consumption supports heart health by lowering blood pressure, lowering bad cholesterol (LDL and triglycerides) and increasing good cholesterol (HDL).

The dosage of olive oil is 2 tablespoons per day, but the oil must be raw, not heated, to obtain health benefits. Heating oils changes the composition and generates free radicals (oxidants) that harm cells in the body. Also, make sure you choose an extra virgin, cold pressed olive oil that is stored in a dark bottle to prevent fermentation, and if possible, keep it in the refrigerator once opened.

Olive oil is only one of many natural therapies available to treat and prevent heart disease. You naturopathic doctor can help you understand which options are best for you.

Yours in health,
Dr. Tara Andresen, ND< /p> Dr. Tara Andresen is a licensed naturopathic doctor practicing in Toronto, Ontario. She follows an evidence-based approach to naturopathic medicine, incorporating the latest scientific research into effective individualized treatment plans for a wide variety of health conditions.