By Lindsay Chandler
Extra virgin olive oil may be the healthiest oil on the planet and may just be the perfect fat for PCOS as well. Extra virgin olive oil has been a staple in many diets for centuries. Its fatty acids and antioxidants have been found to be powerful in healing one of the biggest issues in women with PCOS: chronic inflammation.
Chronic inflammation is one of the largest contributing factors for the symptoms of PCOS. Inflammation puts women with PCOS at a higher risk for insulin resistance, infertility, acne, hair loss, skin tags, facial hair and so many of the associated symptoms.
There is evidence that the fatty acid in olive oil, oleic acid, can reduce inflammatory markers like C-reactive protein (CRP) which can tend to be elevated with PCOS. Olive oil’s major antioxidant, oleocanthal, can have an ibuprofen like effect on inflammation as well.
Some of my favorite PCOS-friendly dishes contain this amazing oil. Here are just a few of my favorites:
- Drizzled over top of a colorful salad
- Mixed up with vinegar and herbs for a delicious dressing
- Used as a marinade base for protein or veggies
- Added to a warm skillet for sautéing fresh veggies
- Drizzled over rice or quinoa for extra healthy fats
- Drizzled over sliced tomatoes and avocados
- Making delicious Paleo Pesto
Here are a few tips when shopping for this amazing oil:
- Always purchase oil in a dark glass container. This allows you to see the oil better, it has less opportunity for oxidation, and reduces the exposure to chemicals like BPA.
- Look for brands that have been grown, pressed, and packaged in the same location.
- Look for cold-pressed oils – cold pressed oils ensure the flavor and reduce the opportunity for oxidation.
- Look for labels that only contain 100% olive oil – many brands use a mixture of oils.
- The title “extra-virgin” refers to being the least processed form of the oil.
Now that you know a few amazing PCOS health benefits of olive oil and what exactly to look for when shopping, you can now find fun and delicious ways to add it into your diet!
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