The Health Benefits

of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Any discussion of the benefits of healthy fats tends to be all over the place. The consistency? Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Founder and Oilvangelist Randall has been studying EVOO for years and has the facts on why it should be a part of your everyday life.

The Story

My wife, Carolyn, and I lived on an olive farm in Tuscany for 10 years. During that time, I earned a certificate from Slow Food University as a Master of Food – Extra Virgin Olive Oil. In 2008, we moved back to the USA. We expected – and wanted - the quality EVOO we had been accustomed to for many years. Sadly, we found that the olive oil at the grocery store labeled Extra Virgin tasted bad, even if it had a familiar label. That’s when we discovered that the USA does not have a labeling law requiring a quality check before an olive oil is labeled “extra virgin.” Soon, I started importing real EVOO for our personal use. I also began to expand my knowledge of the health benefits of true EVOO. While real EVOO has a plethora of health benefits, we'll dive deep on five main ones: the fact that it's Anti-Inflammatory, Heart Healthy, can aid with Blood Pressure and Brain Function, and may help Prevent Cancer. I am thrilled to share information about the health benefits of real EVOO and Balsamic Vinegar. I will be updating this section of our website as more information becomes available.

~ Randall Abney, Founder

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Don’t be Fooled

a little information about the story/science

The first study I read on the subject was conducted in 2010 and was published by The University of California, Davis. The study tested grocery store olive oils, and found that 86% of olive oils tested did not meet the International Olive Oil Council or USDA standards. Many of these brands are household names, including Colavita, Bertoli, Kirkland, and 365.

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EVOO is a potent antioxidant, rich in vitamin E. EVOO is packed with polyphenols, many of which act as antioxidants and anti-inflammatories. This is a powerful combination – the antioxidants mop up cell-damaging free radicals, while anti-inflammatories combat unwanted inflammation in the body.

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Heart Healthy

Researchers from the University of Rochester and Penn State University found that a diet rich in olive oil lowered LDL by 14% in four weeks, and, at the same time, there was no change in the heart-protective HDL cholesterol levels. The results show that using more EVOO can reduce your heart-disease risk by 25%. Olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fat, particularly oleic acid, which can help lower cholesterol. Lab studies show that the polyphenols in olive oil, such as oleuropein and hydroxytyrosol, may also help to keep our hearts healthy thanks to the potent antioxidant powers.

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Blood Pressure

A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine shows that olive oil can lower blood pressure and make blood pressure-lowering medications less necessary.

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Brain Function

In a study, researchers from the University of Bari, Italy, studied 278 senior citizens. Those with diets including monounsaturated fat (olive oil) were found to be less likely to experience age-related cognitive decline when compared with people who consumed less monounsaturated fat. The study concluded that higher intakes of EVOO helped protect against age-related cognitive decline.

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Cancer Prevention

Research suggests that oleocanthal, found in real EVOO, possesses anti-proliferative effects in human breast and prostate cancer.

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Our Goals

We want this section of our website to be a resource for information on all of the studies that have been completed, and the ones still in progress, concerning the health benefits of EVOO and Balsamic Vinegar. As we become aware of additional relevant studies or as studies we are following are completed, we will update this section. If you are aware of any studies concerning the health benefits of EVOO and/or Balsamic Vinegar that are not covered on our website, please send us an email at

The overwhelming evidence of the studies over the past 30 years confirms that the consumption of REAL EVOO that is high in polyphenols (oleocanthal) vs. other fats extends life expectancy, lowers blood pressure and cholesterol, helps prevent strokes, can help prevent some cancers, etc. THIS is the reason we import the finest EVOO with the highest amount of health benefits that we can find.