I am on a calorie-restricted diet under the care of my healthcare practitioner.
Q. Dear Terry, “I am on a calorie-restricted diet under the care of my healthcare practitioner. Unfortunately, this means that some of my favorite foods, like olive oil, are currently off my list of things I can eat. Is there something available that I could take?” — Melissa B., Madison, WI
A. Dear Melissa, Olive oil is one of the healthiest foods around and a personal favorite of mine. Consuming olive oil is just one way to get the health benefits, but fortunately there are options for people who are on calorie-restricted diets.
While olive oil provides healthy fats from olives, there are many powerful compounds contained within the leaf, fruit, and fruit oil concentrate. Olives contain high levels of polyphenols, which have scientifically validated abilities to improve our health.
Olive polyphenols help to preserve neural connections, prevent Alzheimer’s disease, prevent tumor growth, reduce the risk of diabetes, improve cholesterol levels, strengthen blood vessels, reduce blood pressure, and stop inflammation throughout the body.
I think a polyphenol extract of olives is the best way for anyone who dislikes the taste, or doesn’t want to add the caloric load of multiple tablespoons of olive oil per day. I prefer a blend of olive leaf and fruit extract, and olive fruit oil concentrate. I would take an olive extract once or twice per day.
Terry . . . Naturally