Health Benefits of Oils & Vinegars
HEALTH BENEFITS OF OLIVE OILS
"The more recent studies consistently support that the Mediterranean diet, based in virgin olive oil, is compatible with a healthier ageing and increased longevity."
Consumption of olive oil has been associated with:
- Reduction of total cholesterol and an increase in the highdensity cholesterol (HDL-C), which has a protective effect on blood vessels.
- Improved sensitivity of cells to insulin, which helps to prevent the Metabolic Syndrome that increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity.
- Decreased risk of cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and Alzheimer's disease.
- Turn off the activity of genes that produce the kind of inflammation that causes coronary heart disease.
- Decrease production of inflammatory chemicals called thromboxanes and leukotrienes.
- University of South Australia researchers note that compounds from the olive were found to be antimicrobial against various bacteria.
POTENT ANTIOXIDANT POWER OF OLIVE OIL
Phenolic compounds are potent antioxidants found in virgin and extra-virgin olive oil. These compounds give unrefined olive oils their distinctive flavors and high degree of stability.
NATURAL PAINKILLER DISCOVERED IN OLIVE OIL
Recent research has identified the antioxidant called oleocanthal, which is only found in extra-virgin olive oil. Oleocanthal has a potency strikingly similar to that of the drug Ibuprofen in inhibiting the cyclooxygenase (Cox) enzyme that causes pain and inflammation. Given the side effects of common pain relieving drugs, finding a nutritional way to reduce pain and inflammation could be a solution for people suffering from pain.
Polyphenols are a class of antioxidants found in a variety of foods. Recent studies indicate that potent phenols are responsible for many of the health benefits associated with consuming fresh, high quality extra virgin olive oil. Phenols in olive oil decrease over time or when exposed to heat, oxygen and light.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF BALSAMIC VINEGARS
REAL BALSAMIC VINEGAR IS AGED LIKE WINE
Italians have been relishing balsamic vinegar for centuries, however, the American palate has been able to savor this only since the past two decades. Today balsamic vinegar is one of the most popular condiments available in American grocery stores and is used in various sauces, marinades, salad dressings, dips, desserts, etc. The popularity surge of this dark, syrup-like condiment is not only because of its remarkable taste, but balsamic vinegar health benefits also play a major role in adding points to the popularity chart.
Authentic balsamic vinegar would have been aged for a minimum period of 3 years to a maximum period of 100 years, and requires meticulous care. As the syrup thickens and evaporates, it is moved into successively smaller barrels made of different woods — such as cherrywood, chestnut and ash. This adds to the complex and delicious flavors of balsamic vinegar. The longer the aging process, finer the vinegar quality!
Balsamic Vinegar retains most of the nutrients present in the parent grapes and comprises nutrients like iron, calcium, potassium, manganese, phosphorus and magnesium in adequate amounts. Thus, incorporating balsamic vinegar in the daily diet will benefit one immensely.
Balsamic vinegar health benefits comprise reduced risks of heart diseases, cancer and other infectious diseases. Moreover, balsamic vinegar decelerates the aging process, controls diabetes, assists in digestion, etc
Balsamic vinegar health benefits comprise of:
- reduced risks of heart diseases, cancer and other diseases
- decelerates the aging process
- controls diabetes
- assists in digestion
- reduces the frequency of headache inceptions
- strengthens bones (calcium absorption)
- energizes the body
- slows down aging process
- prevents anemia
- helps in weight loss by suppressing appetite
A LITTLE HISTORY...
A Mythical, Sacred Oil
From ancient Greece to the Holy Land, Olive Oil has been treasured. Celebrated as sacred in Greek mythology, the olive branch symbolized peace in Hellenic culture. Evidence of this ancient oil was discovered in 1901 at the "Room of the Olive Press" at Knossos on the island of Crete in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. From there olives were pressed into oil over 4,500 years ago and the olive oil was exported to North Africa and mainland Greece. Cultivation of olive trees spread around the Mediterranean where olive oil flourished along with many early civilizations.
Our oils are sourced from groves in Italy, Chili, Spain, Greece, Portugal and many more Northern and Southern Hemisphere locations. We offer Fused (crushed with the olives at time of harvest), infused (All Natural ingredients for different flavours)., and a line of unique oils classified as Ultra Premium.
Balsamic Vinegar from Modena Italy
An aromatic, thick, dark, syrup-like aged type of vinegar is prepared by the reduction of cooked grapes. Balsamic vinegar, though popularly referred to as wine vinegar is not made from wine, but is prepared from grape pressings, whose fermentation process has been hindered. Prepared in the hills of Modena, Italy, this vinegar is known to be a cut above the other types of vinegar. Unlike the sharp taste of vinegar, balsamic vinegar has a rich, sweet flavor. You need to taste it to believe it!