by Karen Roth, MSNC
The olives used in Carlson Olive Your Heart® are made from ancient olive trees from the Kolymvari region in western Crete, Greece. Olive Your Heart® uses a base of Terra Creta extra virgin olive oil because of its low acidity and high levels of polyphenols – and also for its guaranteed quality and great taste.
Polyphenols are micronutrients that we get through certain plant-based foods. They are bursting with antioxidants that support overall good health. Think of antioxidants as crime fighters protecting the home front.
The low level of acidity in extra virgin olive oil is what gives it its complexity and delicacy of taste. Extra virgin olive oil is closest to the natural state of the olive, since it’s from the first pressing. It is the purest form of olive oil.
Oleic acid is a beneficial monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acid found in olive oil. Olive oil is generally higher in oleic acid than other vegetable fats. Oleic acid has the ability to resist free radical attacks, which protects cell membranes, proteins, and DNA from being damaged, just as it protects the oil from spoiling. Omega-9 fatty acids are linked to healthy cardiovascular systems, healthy cholesterol levels, improved immune function, and healthy blood sugar levels.
Olive Your Heart® also contains 1,480 mg of omega-3s from sustainably-sourced, high-quality, wild-caught Norwegian fish oil. The two really important omega-3 fatty acids are EPA and DHA, which support cardiovascular health, brain function, joint health, and immune function. Here are some other ways it can benefit our heart:
Fish oil, such as that found in Olive Your Heart®, contains EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). Ninety percent of the omega-3s found in the brain are DHA, so it makes sense that supporting the brain will lead to heart healthy practices, like exercise and social interaction.
Olive Your Heart®, with its unique blend of extra virgin olive oil and omega-3s is a heart-smart choice – and a convenient way to get your omega-3s, especially for those who don’t like swallowing supplements.
The Daily Dose blog features health and wellness articles from Senior Nutritionist & Educator Jolie Root, LPN,LNC; Nutritionist & Educator Laurel Sterling, MA, RDN, CDN; and Featured Guest Blogger Karen Roth, MSNC. Other guest bloggers will also join us.