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Heart disease is still the number one cause of death among adults in the United States.
Stroke is the third most frequent killer, and the leading cause of serious, long-term disability.
This isn’t news to you, I’m sure. Here are some other grim statistics:
- About 610,000 people die of heart disease yearly. That’s 1 in 4 deaths.
- More than 140,000 people each year suffer a fatal stroke.
- Every year, 735,000 Americans have a heart attack.
Of those 735,000 heart attack victims, 525,000 have never had a heart attack before.
The good news there is that if you’ve already suffered a heart attack, you don’t have to become a sad statistic. But better than that would be avoiding ever having one in the first place.
One thing that might help you do that is adding this heart-loving oil to your diet…
Add this oil to your diet to avoid blood clots
The results of an observational study presented to the American Heart Association this month strongly suggest that eating olive oil at least once a week is associated with less platelet activity in the blood.
Platelets are those pesky little things that tend to stick together and clot, blocking arteries and causing strokes and heart attacks.
Dr. Sean P. Heffron of the NYU Center for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease used food frequency surveys to find out how often a group of 63 obese, non-smoking, non-diabetic adults was eating olive oil.
Those who reported eating olive oil at least once a week had lower platelet activation than those who ate it less frequently.
In 2017 a similar study was carried out on a smaller level. That study, published in the Journal of Functional Foods, found that olive oil demonstrated anti-platelet effects in 10 healthy men in a randomized trial.
Does this mean that, if you eat more olive oil, you won’t have a stroke or heart attack?
It definitely supports other evidence that we already have…
Is olive oil better than statins?
A 2013 study at the University of Barcelona looked at almost 7500 people, all of whom were at risk for heart attack because they were smokers, were obese, or had diabetes.
Subjects were divided into three groups and assigned one of three diets:
- A Mediterranean diet supplemented by 4 tablespoons of olive oil daily
- A Mediterranean diet supplemented by nuts
- A control diet
The people who added olive oil to their diet reduced their chances of heart attack by 30 percent. The results were so clear that the study was ended early!
Now, most of the people in the study were already taking statins, yet still saw a reduction in their risk. That’s because we know that a Mediterranean diet can make statins more effective.
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Heart Disease Facts — Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Stroke Statistics — Internet Stroke Center
Once a week Olive oil may lower risk of heart attack or stroke in obese — Speciality Medical Dialogues
Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease with a Mediterranean Diet — The New England Journal of Medicine
Mediterranean Diet Shown to Ward Off Heart Attack and Stroke — The New York Times