Once we eat extra virgin olive oil, it has a number of effects on the entire digestive system. Already in ancient times it was recommended for various digestive disorders, and its beneficial properties are now confirmed by epidemiological studies and a wealth of scientific data.
EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL AND THE STOMACH
When extra virgin olive oil enters the stomach, it does not decrease the tone of the muscular ring, or sphincter, at the base of the esophagus. Because of this, the risk of backflow or reflux of food and gastric juice from the stomach into the esophagus is reduced.
Extra virgin olive oil also partially inhibits gastric motility. As a result, the gastric contents of the stomach are released into the duodenum more slowly and gradually, leading to greater “feeling of fullness” and favoring the digestion and absorption of nutrients in the intestine.
EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL AND THE HEPATO-BILIARY SYSTEM
One of the effects of extra virgin olive oil on the hepatobiliary system is that it is a cholagogue that ensures optimal bile outflow and complete emptying of the gallbladder. Another effect is that it is cholecystokinetic, which means it stimulates the contraction of the gallbladder, which is extremely helpful in the treatment and prevention of biliary tract diseases. It stimulates the synthesis of bile salts in the liver and increases the amount of cholesterol excreted by the liver.
In short, extra virgin olive oil, due to its beneficial effect on muscle tone and gallbladder activity, stimulates the digestion of lipids as they are emulsified by the bile and prevents the formation of gallstones.
Extra virgin olive oil and the pancreas
When consumed, extra virgin olive oil produces a small amount of secretion from the pancreas, making this organ “work” little, but efficiently and sufficiently to carry out all its digestive functions. Extra virgin olive oil is recommended for conditions that require the pancreas to function properly, such as: B. Pancreatic failure, chronic pancreatitis, cystic fibrosis, malabsorption syndromes, etc.
EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL AND THE INTESTINES
Due to the sitosterol it contains, extra virgin olive oil partially prevents the absorption of cholesterol in the small intestine. It also stimulates the absorption of various nutrients (calcium, iron, magnesium, etc.).
Extra virgin olive oil is therefore a fat that is very well digested and absorbed. It has exquisite properties and a slightly laxative effect that helps against constipation and bad breath.