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Olive oil and Stomach

Regular consumption of olive oil improves the digestion and absorption of nutrients in the body. Olive oil influences the stomach to release gastric acid more slowly and gives a greater sensation of ‘fullness’ after meals.

Olive oil and Bile System

Bile is the fluid secreted by the liver into the duodenum (the first part of small intestine) to aid digestion and emulsification of fats. It is stored in the gallbladder between meals.

Olive oil prevents the onset of gallstone and treats disorders of the gallbladder. It ensures optimal release of bile and full emptying of the gallbladder by stimulating the contraction of the muscle of bile duct.

Olive oil and Diabetes

Insulin resistance is the cause of non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM or Type 2 diabetes). It denotes the decreased sensitivity of the cells to insulin, hence the blood sugar levels cannot be properly regulated.

Diabetic patients consuming olive oil regularly have shown a reduction in insulin resistance and hence may take a lower dosage of medication for regulation. Triterpenic acids which are found only in olive oil, stimulate synthesis of pancreatic enzymes for fats digestion.

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