Italian Olive Oil Producer Bellucci Premium Comments on Extra Virgin Olive Oil’s Use as a Treatment for Colitis

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Bellucci Premium comments on an article published by The Olive Oil Times that discusses the use of extra virgin olive oil as a Colitis treatment.

On February 19, Bellucci Premium issues a response to a recent study published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry whose findings indicate that extra virgin olive oil may help relieve the symptoms of colitis, a digestive disease.

The Olive Oil Times reports in a recent article that Spanish researchers at the University of Seville have “observed a positive effect of extra virgin olive oil on colitis,” a painful inflammatory condition in the large intestine which can cause serious gastrointestinal disturbance.

“Ulcerative colitis is a form of colitis that affects the lining of the large intestine and its presence increases the risk of colon cancer. The cause of it is unknown but may be related to the immune system.”

The study examined the effects of extra virgin olive oil on laboratory animals with severe chronic colitis, says The Olive Oil Times. Researchers determined the level of intestinal inflammation and evaluated a series of metrics known as the Disease Activity Index (DAI), which measures various symptoms associated with the disease. According to The Olive Oil Times article, the findings indicate that the extra virgin olive oil “had a significant positive effect on several proteins involved in the disease with less histological signs of damage compared to a standard diet.”

The research team concluded that extra virgin olive oil could potentially be used as a viable treatment for chronic colitis, but also as a “functional food” for sufferers of the disease, reports The Olive Oil Times.

Natalie Sexenian, Marketing Manager for Bellucci Premium, comments on the findings, saying that olive oil seems to be on a winning streak within the research community. “At this point we know all about the benefits of extra virgin olive oil for heart health, since it can help with both cholesterol and blood pressure issues. It is also being touted as a cancer preventative, and may even improve cognitive functioning. We’re thrilled to learn it can help people with digestive problems, as well.” Sexenian adds that Bellucci recommends a daily two-tablespoon intake of extra virgin olive oil to maximize its health benefits.

Bellucci Premium Toscano extra virgin olive oil uses olives that are grown on the beautiful landscapes of Tuscany, and maintained by 3rd and 4th generation farmers. Bellucci offers three different types of oil, including an organic option, that offers a mild peppery flavor and fruity undertones that will satisfy any palate. The third type of oil Bellucci offers is the world’s finest Italian extra virgin olive oil, grown only by Italian growers in many different regions of Italy.

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