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Olive Oil & High Blood Pressure

How does the consumption of EVOO impact high blood pressure?

In general, studies show that the Mediterranean Diet has a positive effect in reducing BP but we do not have enough data to say how strong this effect is. A key feature of the Mediterranean Diet is Extra Virgin Olive Oil, which is credited with making this diet enjoyable and sustainable! Daily use of at least two tablespoons of EVOO as part of a Mediterranean Diet can lower blood pressure. There is even some evidence that EVOO with higher phenol content can provide more benefits than EVOO with lower phenol content.