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Olive Constituent Protects against Metabolic Syndrome

(Swanson Health Products) New research suggests that hydroxytyrosol, a compound found in olives, may protect against metabolic syndrome.
A number of studies have found that adherence to a Mediterranean-style diet is associated with reduced incidence of metabolic syndrome, a grouping of risk factors (high blood pressure, low HDL cholesterol, high triglycerides, high blood sugar and central obesity) that greatly increase the likelihood of developing cardiovascular disease or type II diabetes. The benefits of the diet have primarily been attributed to its low saturated fat and cholesterol content, high fiber and flavonoid content, and the oleic acid found in olive oil.
Now new animal research suggests that another olive constituent, hydroxytyrosol, may play a significant role in the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet as well.
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