Wednesday, 29 August 2007

Virgin olive oil may reduce clotting in the blood

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Consuming olive oil has been linked to lower blood pressure, but virgin olive oil may have another cardiovascular benefit: reduced risk of blood clots. Though former studies have been inconclusive, research out of Spain has linked virgin olive oil, which contains higher levels of phenols, with lower levels of factor VII antigens in the blood. Factor VII antigens promote blood clotting. Spanish researchers believe that previous studies did not use oil that contained enough phenols and so therefore could not make the link.

If you're interested in getting more virgin olive oil into your diet, here are some tips to get you started, and here's a quick tutorial on the different types of olive oils.

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