How Olive Oil could reduce the risk of disease

Higher olive oil consumption linked with lower risk of premature death, study finds

Using olive oil instead of margarine, butter or other saturated fats may protect you from dying from cardiovascular and respiratory disease, dementia, and other conditions, a Harvard University study has found.
The study analysed the diets of people enrolled in two large government-funded studies: the Nurses’ Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-up Study.
Researchers then compared the diet findings to disease and death records for those people over time.


“It’s a combination of both decreasing the amount of saturated fat at the same time you’re increasing the monounsaturated fats found in olive oil,” Dr Howard LeWine, the chief medical editor of Harvard Health Publishing, part of Harvard Medical School, said.

“The takeaway is to use olive oil every time you can as a substitute for saturated fats when you’re cooking or in your salad dressings,” Dr LeWine said, who was not involved in the study.

Men and women who replaced just over two teaspoons (10 grams) of margarine, butter, mayonnaise or dairy fat with the same amount of olive oil had up to a 34 per cent lower overall risk of dying than people who ate little to no olive oil, according to study author Marta Guasch-Ferre, a senior research scientist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

“This is the first long-term study, including more than 90,000 participants followed for up to 30 years, conducted in the American population on olive oil and mortality,” she said.

“Previous studies were conducted in Mediterranean and European populations where the consumption of olive oil tends to be higher.

“Our results provide further support for recommendations to replace saturated fat and animal fat with unsaturated plant oils, such as olive oil, for the prevention of premature death.”

People who reported eating the highest levels of olive oil had a 19 per cent lower risk of dying from heart conditions, a 29 per cent lower risk of dying from neurodegenerative disease, and an 18 per cent lower risk of dying from respiratory disease mortality compared with those who never or rarely consumed olive oil in place of saturated fats, said Susanna Larsson, an associate professor of epidemiology at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, in an accompanying editorial.

Both the study and editorial were published on Monday in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

The connection between olive oil and fewer deaths from brain disease was “novel,” Professor Larsson wrote.

“Considering the lack of preventive strategies for Alzheimer’s disease and the high morbidity and mortality related to this disease, this finding, if confirmed, is of great public health importance.”

Reference: Harvard Study

The Mediterranean Diet in a capsule

“The Mediterranean diet has been voted as the top overall diet for people to follow as part of health-related resolutions for the New Year”

What if we could encapsulate all the benefits of the Mediterranean diet and create a health supplement that would be one of a kind?

This is what a group of Greek Australians with a background in the pharmaceutical industry, set out to discover a few years ago, bringing about the creation and official release of the health product, Ellinol “Mediterranean Wellness”.

“We did the scientific research, looked at what was happening in regards to the studies and clinical works that were going on, so that we could create ellinol “Mediterranean Wellness” which is a combination of Mediterranean sourced ingredients extracted from pure and natural food sources,” George Karlis told Neos Kosmos, about how it all began, and how they came to identify and source the high-quality oil out of the Peloponnese, which is manufactured with exclusive and patented extraction techniques.

Ellinol Mediterranean capsules are packed with potent antioxidants, and ingredients scientifically proven to support a healthy cardiovascular system, general health, and wellbeing.

Ellinol encapsulates the active ingredients of Olive Oil Polyphenols, Citric Flavanoids, Apple-and-Grape seed extracts delivering high levels of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that have been scientifically shown to support and maintain healthy heart function, a reduction of cardiovascular risk factors, healthy cognitive function and Ageing.

“Our mission is to offer the Mediterranean health benefits to the world,” says Steven Gotsis, who is also partner in Protemia Health, adding how proud they are of their innovative product which has also been approved by the TGA.

The official launch of this new health supplement took place on International Mediterranean Day, on 28 November, in order to highlight and celebrate all the goodness and health benefits of the Mediterranean diet.

The Mediterranean diet ranks number 1 in five categories and has been voted Best Diet for three years running, as the top overall diet for people to follow as part of health-related resolutions for the new year, the partners at Protemia Health said, during the introduction of their innovative product to the Australian market.

Our mission is to offer the Mediterranean Health benefits to the world,” says Steven Gotsis, who is also partner in Protemia Health. Photo: Supplied

The Mediterranean diet also stayed atop the rankings for best diet for healthy eating, easiest diet to follow, best diet for diabetes and best plant-based diet.

Most of us lead busy lives, therefore creating a capsule that contains the healthy ingredients of a Mediterranean diet, is bound to be a popular addition to the Australian lifestyle. Easy to consume, Aussies can reap the benefits of this diet in one easy step, unlocking the vitality and longevity that the Mediterranean diet is famous for.

The product is available online at It has been approved by the TGA and will be available in pharmacies in the coming months.