Eat Olive Oil for Muscles Like Popeye
||by: Kurt Nimmo
Once in a while there will be a food that will pop up on this blog thatís
good for everyone including us who are on the journey towards muscle mass
and fat loss. And hereís the one that has done just that today: olive oil.
The famous oil of the Mediterranean and heart healthy diets, olive oil can
actually help us to build muscle, believe it or not. The monounsaturated fat
or MUFA in olive oil may act as an anti-catabolic nutrient, which means it
prevents muscle breakdown by lowering levels of the cellular protein called
tumor necrosis factor-a, which is related to muscle wasting and weakness.
All olive oil is high in MUFAs, but extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO) has
ahigher level of free-radical-fighting vitamin E too, which we all need a
little extra of.
We already know that olive oil and monounsaturated fats have been associated
with everything from lower rates of heart disease and colon cancer to a
reduced risk of diabetes and osteoporosis and olive oil actually boasts some
other more classic nutrients as well, such as vitamins E, K, and A as well
as polyphenols, squalene, oleocanthol, triterpenes. Oleic Acid or omega 9
makes up 55 - 85 % of the fatty acids in olive oil and it's great for your
skin too. It helps keep arteries supple and helps prevent colon cancer as
well: maybe as much as fruits and veggies, according University of Oxford
researchers. Studies also indicate that extra virgin olive oil may help to
lower blood pressure and olive oil promotes the secretion of bile and
pancreatic hormones naturally, and lowers the incidence of gallstones.
So what are some ways you can up your intake of EVOO? Serve a small
condiment dish with extra virgin olive oil for use on bread, potatoes or
other vegetables instead of butter and try adding a few drops of balsamic
vinegar or a sprinkling of your favorite spices to the olive oil for a great
flavor. Be sure to buy and store oil in opaque containers and add olive oil
to foods immediately after cooking.