Virgin olive oil is already attributed beneficial effects on metabolism and cardiovascular health.
The scientific evidence has been years noting the multiple benefits that the Mediterranean diet for health in general, but especially in what has to do with the prevention of cardiovascular events. About it began in Spain the trial randomized PREDIMED (Prevencion con Dieta Mediterránea), which is part of the network healthy eating in the primary prevention of chronic diseases funded by the Instituto de Salud Carlos III, whose objective is to know the effects on the health of the Mediterranean diet.
Regular consumption not only within a Mediterranean diet olive oil has benefits for cardiovascular health, but also for the health of our bones
Although the cited study was initiated in order to find evidence on the relationship between the diet and the reduction of the risk of cardiovascular disease, recent research that has made public the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV) in Clinical Nutrition, the scientific journal official of the European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism, shows that the Mediterranean diet has also benefits on bone health.
The starting point of the investigation, led by Monica Bullo Bonet, University Professor of human nutrition at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV), and Jordi Salas-Salvadó, Professor of nutrition and food science, was the premise that the incidence of osteoporotic fractures was lower in countries of the Mediterranean basin. Taking into account that the olive oil is a key component of the Mediterranean diet, and is already attributed recognized beneficial effects on metabolism and cardiovascular health, the authors wanted to show whether its regular consumption could also reduce the risk of osteoporotic fractures.
After analyzing various clinical – as concomitant diseases and medication data, age, gender, and, above all, a record continued the power over all the years that the study – of almost 900 people aged 55 to 80 years with a high risk of cardiovascular disease, the research team found that those who had consumed large quantities of Virgin olive oil reduced by more than 50% odds of suffering a fracture due to osteoporosis.
“What we analyzed were fractures caused by osteoporosis, not the appearance of osteoporosis by itself (which requires another methodology), but if there are no osteoporosis no osteoporotic fracture, which might say that is a sine qua non.” That in previous studies of our group we observed that olive oil consumption was associated with a reduction of certain biochemical markers of bone destruction or poor bone quality, which led us to continue working in this line, to finally discuss the fracture as a clinical event”, says Monica Bullo.
Olive oil helps to prevent osteoporotic fractures
For Bulló, this discovery “is another step in clinical nutrition research that evidences the salutary effect of olive oil, a fat product with a nutritional profile very characteristic, beyond cardiovascular disease where it has worked quite.”
The researcher also reminds us that osteoporosis affects “a large number of middle-aged and elderly people, and the population is aging, with which all related to health in this population generates interest in the problems involved and their economic impact”. Currently there is no treatment for this disease beyond the pharmacological, so, according to nutrition expert, “perhaps in a future extra virgin olive oil can also be considered for prevention or treatment of a disease such as osteoporosis”. That Yes, warns us that we must not forget the importance of bringing the power “other factors related to lifestyle for good bone and general health”.