A diet rich in olive oil may actually be able to slow down the aging of the heart.
It is a known fact that as we grow older the heart also goes through a normal aging process. The arteries may not function as well as they did and this can lead to a number of health problems. However, in a recent study, Spanish researchers discovered that a diet rich in olive oil or other monounsaturated fats could improve the arterial function of elderly individuals.
The study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, evaluated the effect of a Mediterranean style diet rich in olive oil and concluded that it resulted in a reduction of endothelial damage and dysfunction.