Extra virgin olive oil, the main element of Italian tables, is the essential ingredient of the Mediterranean diet. The numerous organoleptic properties make it a unique and indispensable food for our body and for the immune system. Even with the variables of origin, olive cultivar, type and production methods, olive oil has specific and very strong properties.
The pH of extra virgin olive oil, expressed in free fatty acids of oleic acid, represents, together with some organoleptic and gustatory properties, one of the fundamental parameters in the qualitative evaluation of the product.
The consumption of extra virgin olive oil is an excellent source of those precious elements useful for the well-being of our body. Among the multiple properties of extra virgin olive oil is that of protecting our arteries. This happens through the regulation of cholesterol levels circulating in the blood. The levels of bad cholesterol are lowered with extra virgin olive oil. Not only that, the good one, known as HDL, is not altered in any way. So the olive juice represents, besides being a tasty dressing, an excellent form of prevention of cardiovascular risk.
Extra virgin olive oil is also a mine of antioxidants including vitamin E, tocopherol and various phenolic compounds. All molecules able to defend our body from premature ageing by fighting against free radicals. The biophenols contained in the “Foglio 4” monocultivar organic oil, the flagship product of the Azienda Perrone which, analyzed in the laboratory reveals a rich phenolic mass, almost double compared to other extra virgin oils. Furthermore, the daily intake of extra virgin olive oil is useful to reduce the risk of breast cancer thanks to its great anti-inflammatory and nutrigenomic properties.
Extra virgin olive oil is a true elixir of wellness. Studies have shown that a Mediterranean diet rich in olive oil does not lead to weight gain, on the contrary it can even lead to weight loss. Furthermore, fats give a sense of immediate satiety and thus increase the distance between one meal and another.
High quality olive oil, such as Perrone’s, helps digestion by lubricating the digestive tract and, as a fat, allows the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins present during meals.
Exceptional for the skin of the face and body thanks to its high levels of polyphenols, vitamin E and phytosterols, which work both as antioxidants and as anti-inflammatory agents, oil is a natural cosmetic that helps protect against sun-damaged skin and increases skin water retention capacity. The soaps with a base of extra virgin olive produced by the Azienda Perrone, with their soothing properties, can help irritated skin reducing the inflammation of eczema.
Recently, in fact, extra virgin olive oil has been re-discovered as a soothing ointment for the protection of the skin, thanks to its content in squalene, widely used by modern cosmetics.