Under the protection of the PDO, oil from La Rioja contains levels of oleic acid above average compared with oils of similar characteristics. Recommended as one of the pillars of nourishment due to the contribution of its monounsaturated fatty acids and antioxidant properties, its consumption has a beneficial effect on health.
As a good extra virgin olive oil, the Rioja Denomination of Origin oil is rich in vitamin E, polyphenols and carotenoids. Its natural compounds promote better operation and maintenance of the body.
Heart-healthy and antioxidant benefits are widely known. However, the therapeutic virtues of extra virgin olive oil have a positive influence on different organs of the human body.
In the cardiovascular system, it causes a decrease in blood cholesterol. It reduces levels of bad cholesterol (LDL) and increases good cholesterol (HDL). By decreasing the capacity of oxidation of LDL cholesterol, it prevents heart attacks by atheroma. It also stimulates the production of vasodilators, improving blood flow and lowers blood pressure.
Regarding the oxidative processes, the extra virgin olive oil contributes to the prevention of diseases and prevents premature aging. For diabetes sufferers, improves their lipid profile and lowers blood glucose, leading to a reduced daily insulin dose.
In the digestive system, it decreases the secretion of gastric acid. It also improves the functioning of the pancreas and stomach; reduces the secretory activity of the pancreas without affecting the digestibility of food; improves the emptying of the gallbladder, preventing the formation of gallstones; and improves the intestinal absorption of various nutrients, especially the inorganic ones, preventing diseases such as anemia.
It has a protective, toning and exfoliating effect for the skin. Dermatologists recommend the use of the olive paste left after the milling process for cleansing the skin. So the healing action of the ointments works better. Also, given its healing properties, it is used for the treatment of psoriasis, eczema and some burns.