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Med Health R I. 2006 Mar;89(3):113.

Olive oil in the treatment of hypercholesterolemia.

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Rhode Island Comprehensive Cancer Control Program, Rhode Island Department of Health, USA.


Olive oil consumption increases HDL-cholesterol levels, while decreasing LDL-cholesterol levels, LDL susceptibility to oxidation and lipid peroxidation. The reduction of cellular oxidative stress, thrombogenicity and the formation of atheroma plague can explain the preventive effects of olive oil on atherosclerosis development. In addition to reducing risk factors for coronary heart disease, olive oil might also help prevent certain types of cancers, and beneficially modify immune and inflammatory responses.

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