Said to be one of the healthiest and safest oils out there, olive oil’s growing importance in the modern world is nothing to scoff at. Although primarily used as salad dressing, Olive oil has also found use in deep frying, owing to its higher smoke point and milder flavor.
Today, I would like to expand on why Olive Oil might be one of the most viable solutions in the most recent crisis that has made the entire world pale in uneasiness and terror.
Seeing the current situation, with the COVID-19 rapidly emerging and blazing across entire countries like a wildfire, Olive oil demand has risen, especially in Spain, which has been hit harder than most countries.
As we all may have heard, seen or read, COVID-19 poses a greater risk to individuals who are past 50 years of age. This may be because of the weakening of the immune system, which is completely natural, or because of pre-existing chronic conditions, which are not uncommon in the elderly.
In the later stages of life, the immune system gears up to defend against any medical complications. This preparatory phase also results in an increase in the likelihood of a Cytokine Storm; a situation where the immune system overplays the condition and releases too many chemicals to fight an infection. This can cause inflammatory reactions, which have the potential to cause significant damage to the body, sometimes even leading to organ failure.
So, how do we rectify this?
Surely, what we would need is a suppressant which can modulate immune functions WITHOUT reducing the immune resistance to pathogens. Studies have shown that polyunsaturated fatty acids contribute to the suppression of immune system functions. However, they MAY reduce the resistance of the body against infection-causing microbes.
This is where olive oil stamps it worth. Olive oil has been shown to regulate immune system functions so as to prevent inflammatory disorders, but not alter it to the point where the defense against pathogens is weakened.
Let us get back to our initial focus, the COVID-19.
The greatest threat, out of all existent ailments is cardiovascular (heart) disease. The COVID-19 is more likely to affect (and potentially kill) people with cardiovascular diseases, showing a mortality rate of about 10.5%. About 40% of the hospitalized COVID-19 patients had cardiovascular or cerebrovascular diseases. Although the reason for this is unclear, the attack on people with underlying heart conditions may have something to do with the difficulty the heart faces when pumping oxygenated blood in event of a cardiovascular disorder.
And so, Extra Virgin Olive Oil strikes again!
After analysing thirty years of data at Harvard, the research concluded that eating more than a half tablespoon of olive oil per day could lower the risk of a heart attack by 20 per cent, reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) by 15 per cent and lower the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) by 21 per cent.
According to the PREDIMED Study, greater consumption of total olive oil, especially Extra Virgin Olive Oil, was associated with reduced cardiovascular disease and mortality risk in an elderly Mediterranean population at high cardiovascular risk.
Talk about the perfect counter to the COVID (among the polysaturated fatty acids, at least!)
At the rate at which the virus is inconveniencing human lives worldwide, it may not be farfetched to believe that this may be the biggest crisis the world has faced in quite some time. Add the self-imposed mission undertaken by the virus of thinning down our sweet, kind millennial populace; it is imperative that we eliminate this virus once and for all.
We are losing our millenials at an alarming rate, and we surely don’t want that, do we? Obviously not!
Therefore, even if it is the last thing you do, make sure the seniors at home (and everyone else, too) make good use of our Olive Oil, and improve that immune system so that we can develop a powerful immune system.
Let’s make the COVID-19 skedaddle!
Onwards! Happy eating! Healthy living! God Bless!
Written by Sanidhya Adhau
A Millennial Blogger & Foodie