Hypercholesterolemia is an excess of blood cholesterol and, more precisely, an increase in LDL (low density lipoprotein) cholesterol, the so-called "bad cholesterol".
EVO oil carries out a hypocholesterolemic action through three mechanisms:
1) Beta-Sitosterol, of which extra virgin olive oil (EVO) is the only vegetable oil to contain a particularly high concentration, which counteracts the absorption of cholesterol in the intestine;
2) Sterols, which decrease the blood concentration of total cholesterol and LDL;
3) Polyphenols, which "clean" the blood and vessels of high LDL values and, by promoting their elimination through the liver, raise the value of HDL (high density lipoprotein), the so-called "good cholesterol".
The FDA (Food and Drug Administration), the US body that carries out checks on food safety, has recognized the beneficial properties for the health of extra virgin olive oil saying that "taking two tablespoons of olive oil a day can reduce the risk of coronary heart damage ".