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Olive Oil and the immune system

It has been documented that olive oil intake boosts the immune system against these external attacks from microorganisms, bacteria and viruses.

The beneficial health effects of olive oil are due to both its high content of monounsaturated fatty acids and its high content of antioxidative substances. Studies have shown that olive oil offers protection against heart disease by controlling LDL ("bad") cholesterol levels while raising HDL (the "good" cholesterol) levels.

These fatty acids have been reported to play an important part in various immune functions. They are involved in regulating inflammatory processes and they may be effective in the treatment of some autoimmune diseases and in the regulation of the immune system in general.

The immune system defends the body against the invasion of toxins, parasites, viruses and microorganisms. In order to function properly, an immune system must detect a wide variety of these agents and distinguish them from the organism's own healthy tissue.