The Mediterranean diet enjoyed in Cyprus is as good for you as it is delicious. The health benefits of eating a Mediterranean diet have been widely proven. Rich in nutrients and essential vitamins and minerals, following a diet of Mediterranean foods is so beneficial and is particularly good for heart health. One important aspect of Mediterranean cuisine is virgin olive oil. The most wonderful olive oils are made here in Cyprus from locally grown olives and the Cypriots use it widely in cooking, and as a dip. Bread dipped in Cyprus olive oil is just divine!
Extra virgin olive oil is incredibly healthy
The great thing about olive oil is that it’s a fat that is good for you. You don’t have to feel guilty when you indulge in this fantastic health-giving oil, as unlike other fats there is no connection between olive oil and weight gain or obesity. You may already know that olive oil can help to protect you from heart disease and strokes, but did you know it’s also good for the health of your brain?
When we think of health, we usually think of other functions of our body. We give up smoking to protect our lungs, we limit our alcohol intake to ensure our liver is in good order, but we tend to neglect the health of our brains. While ensuring our bodies are fit and capable is important, perhaps looking after our brain is the most important thing of all?
Protecting your brain from disease
Eat a diet rich in virgin olive oil and you’re helping to protect your brain from diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Studies have shown that people who eat a diet rich in olive oil often have reduced formation of amyloid-beta plaques and neurofibrillary tangles in their brains. These are two indicators of Alzheimer’s disease.
Olive oil encourages a process in the brain called autophagy. This process is a sort of detoxification that happens within the brain, clearing out toxins and cell waste that could potentially affect brain function due to damage of the connections between brain cells.
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Brain power boosting
As well as protecting your brain from disease, it has also been shown that virgin olive oil can help to boost your brain power, increasing your ability to learn and also helping to improve your memory. Replacing the fats in your diet with a good quality olive oil can help to keep your mind sharp throughout your lifetime.
Choose your olive oil carefully
Not all olive oils are made equal. If you want to add more olive oil into your diet, to help protect your health and your brain, you should choose extra virgin olive oil, such as that made in Cyprus.
Enjoy the perfect healthy diet in Cyprus
When you visit Cyprus, you’ll find so many tasty dishes that are beneficial for your health, made with health giving olive oil. While in other countries, your holiday diet may make you gain weight and be rather unhealthy, when you take a trip to Cyprus, you’re giving your body a health boost even though it feels like every meal is a great treat. To discover more about the food of Cyprus, and to find out more about this amazing island that has so much to offer, visit our website.
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