Advertisement

How does olive oil help to clean out my arteries?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Olive oil contains monounsaturated fats, which help raise your HDL cholesterol-the "healthy" cholesterol carried through your body by high-density lipoproteins. It actually helps clean out your arteries as it moves through. When it comes to HDL, higher is better-so an HDL level of 60 versus one of 39 will make the average 55-year-old woman four years younger.

Vegetables and flavonoids have also been shown to raise HDL. In fact, you should make sure that healthy fat makes up about 25 percent of your daily calories.
YOU: The Owner's Manual, Updated and Expanded Edition: An Insider's Guide to the Body that Will Make You Healthier and Younger

More About this Book

YOU: The Owner's Manual, Updated and Expanded Edition: An Insider's Guide to the Body that Will Make You Healthier and Younger

Between your full-length mirror and high-school biology class, you probably think you know a lot about the human body. While it's true that we live in an age when we're as obsessed with our bodies as...

Continue Learning about Fats

The Danger of a Fatty Meal
The Danger of a Fatty Meal
King Henry VIII is renowned for having six wives, two of whom he executed. But he is also an infamous glutton. He expanded the kitchens at Hampton Cou...
Read More
What type of fat does coconut oil contain?
Keri Glassman, MS, RDKeri Glassman, MS, RD
Coconut oil contains a beneficial type of saturated fat called medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), wh...
More Answers
The Best (and Worst) Fats for Your Body
The Best (and Worst) Fats for Your BodyThe Best (and Worst) Fats for Your BodyThe Best (and Worst) Fats for Your BodyThe Best (and Worst) Fats for Your Body
Protect your heart health—and much more—by choosing the right fatty foods.
Start Slideshow
How Can Eating Fat Help Me Lose Weight?
How Can Eating Fat Help Me Lose Weight?

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.