The Fat That May Heal Your Heart

Without a doubt, fat gets a bad rap in the health world.  Just look at any magazine in the check-out line of a grocery store and you’ll see several catchy phrases suggesting ways to “burn the fat,” “melt the fat” or “shed the fat.” Because fat seems to be viewed as bad and often portrayed quite negatively by the media, many of us tend to avoid eating it so that we don’t become it. But, as it turns out, some fat is very good for us for not only weight management, but for the health of our heart too.

In fact, research suggests that a little extra fat, in the form of olive oil, might be good for our blood vessels and may have a heart healing effect.


New Study

In a new US-Italian study, people with atherosclerosis showed significant improvement in endothelial function (the lining of the blood vessels) when given about 2 tablespoons daily of olive oil.

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Researchers at the Mayo Clinic and the Dipartimento di Scienze Farmaceutiche in Florence said this was the first such finding of its kind, concluding,

“The current study demonstrates that longer-term supplementation of olive oil improves endothelial function in individuals with low to intermediate cardiovascular risk, an effect likely attributed to reduction in vascular inflammation.”

The 4-month study was completed by 52 participants. Those with the poorest endothelial function at the start of the study showed the greatest apparent benefit from the olive oil.

Reference: European Journal of Nutrition

About Dave Barnas, M.S., CES, NASM-CPT

Dave is the true health guy. He is the founder and owner of True Health Unlimited, LLC, a personal health and fitness company in Tolland, CT & Wellness Writers, a subscription wellness newsletter service that incorporates live & virtual wellness workshops for companies across New England. Dave earned both a Bachelor's (1998) and Master's Degree (2000) in Nutritional Science from the University of Connecticut, and also holds certifications as a National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Personal Trainer, National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist, Aerobics and Fitness Association of America Group Instructor, and Nutrition Specialist. He's also the lead author for four published works. Dave has over 20 years of combined experience in nutrition counseling, dietary supplement advising, personal training, corrective exercise training, health coaching and public speaking. In addition, he's spent over 25 years studying spirituality, meditation, and personal growth strategies. Dave's clients are all ages: youth, college championship level athletes, folks in their retired years, and everywhere in between. He's worked with three of the nation's leading physicians as a dietary supplement advisor and been a guest lecturer at Harvard University, Yale University, UConn, St. Joseph College and various church groups, health clubs, and high schools. In 2013, he was invited to Whole Foods Market to share his Real Food Therapy Guide. And in 2015, Dave's funny "Snowga" (yoga in the snow) video caught the attention of The National Weather Channel, who aired it to shake off cabin fever and bring laughter. In 2016, Dave & Hollie (his wife) founded Wellness Writers and deliver evidence-based Wellness E-newsletters to spread a message of health and happiness to various businesses throughout the US. Dave currently serves as a personal trainer in Tolland as well as a wellness coach and writer for several businesses, gyms and wellness facilities throughout the US.

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