New evidence shows that daily consumption of extra virgin olive oil offers benefits against peripheral arterial disease (PAD), while Pomace Oil might worsen it.
The research was conducted by involving more than 4000 participants throughout Spain and known as PREDIMED-Plus (the largest Spanish trial on nutrition which aims to document the benefits of olive oil and the Mediterranean Diet in individuals with overweight or obesity).
The goal of the scientists has been to understand the association between the ankle-brachial index (ABI) and olive oil and olive pomace consumption.
“Among 4,330 participants,” wrote the researchers, “the highest quintile of total olive oil consumption (sum of all categories of olive oil and olive pomace oil) was associated with higher mean values of ABI”. Still, logistic models comparing the consumption of the different olive oil types and olive pomace oil revealed an inverse association between virgin olive oils consumption and the likelihood of a low ABI, while consumption of olive pomace oil was positively associated with a low ABI.
Those findings confirm the hypothesis of previous studies that hinted at a possible positive effect of the Mediterranean diet on PAD patients.
PAD is a progressive disease that brings to the narrowing of the arteries with consequent impact on the blood flow, especially on human limbs, but it can also impact on heart and brain.
A healthy diet is considered essential to a successful recovery from the condition which often follows atherosclerosis.
Source: Olive Oil Times