We all know that eating a good diet is essential to have a good state of health, since in this way the appearance of many diseases is prevented, including cancer. One of the foods that have been taken as “protectors” against cancer is extra virgin olive oil.

A very interesting work was published at the University of Navarra (Spain) that reveals the ability of olive oil to protect us against breast cancer. The study lasted five years and 4282 women were followed, of which half of them followed an exclusively Mediterranean diet rich in extra virgin olive oil and the other half followed their usual daily diet. The results were very striking. The group that drank olive oil with their food every day had a 1.1 percent incidence of breast cancer, while the other group, which continued with their usual diet, had a breast cancer incidence of 2.9 percent, almost triple.

Olive oil has antitumor components that fight the development of malignant cells. It also has antioxidants and vitamins, especially vitamin E. All this helps prevent cell aging and fight against possible genetic mutations that lead to tumor processes.

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Dr. Samantha Robson ( CRN: 0510146-5) is a nutritionist and website content reviewer related to her area of ​​expertise. With a postgraduate degree in Nutrition from The University of Arizona, she is a specialist in Sports Nutrition from Oxford University and is also a member of the International Society of Sports Nutrition.

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