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Why Olive Oil Is Good For Heart

Olive oil contains oleic acid, the monounsaturated fatty acid (MUFA). It is richer in polyphenols (a class of phytochemicals: chemicals that evolved in plants to protect them from predators), which have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It is the oxidized form of LDL cholesterol that gets into the arterial wall and spurs plaque formation, and plaques with more inflammation are more likely to rupture and cause heart attacks. In addition, oxidized LDL cholesterol impairs the ability of arteries to relax and dilate. […]