May 4, 2020

Why Virgin Olive Oil?

Oleocanthal, Olive Oil

Just as we humans benefit from this unique oil in our diet, so can our four-legged friends. So, how could we not give them this so-called liquid gold?

The Mediterranean diet has an array of nutritional benefits, such as a more than healthy proportion of Omega fatty acids (3, 6 and 9). It also includes plenty of fresh food, such as fruits and vegetables (and a very low intake of processed foods) and olive oil as the main source of fat (low in linoleic acid, especially if it comes from countries such as Spain, Greece or Italy).

Beneficial however you look at it

Olive oil is rich in antioxidants, Vitamin E and Omega-3, three components that are very good for the skin of both humans and dogs. These monounsaturated oils also help dogs lose weight, while the antioxidants and Vitamin E are a great way to strengthen their defences. This can all help extend their lifespan and let you enjoy more time together.

Olive oil is a great natural remedy for constipation in dogs. Its laxative properties are highly effective and if you feed dogs a diet rich in olive oil, they’ll most likely have steady bowel movements.

We also know that olive oil provides good cholesterol and helps eliminate bad cholesterol, as well as protecting joints and helping build muscles.

It can also help dogs get rid of belly fat and reduce insulin sensitivity, which in turn lowers the risk of diabetes.

There’s even some evidence that olive oil is helpful in fighting certain cancers thanks to its oleic acid and other compounds known as squalene and terpenoids.

Last but not least, olive oil acts very effectively in the fight against harmful free radicals that lead to ageing.


In short, some of the benefits that olive oil can have for your dog are:

+ Provides benefits for the skin.

+ Makes their coat shinier.

+ Controls overweight and associated risks.

+ Strengthens the immune system.

+ Helps take care of their heart health.

+ Looks after joint health thanks to its anti-inflammatory effects.

+ Prevents the onset of neurodegenerative diseases.

+ Fights constipation.


It’s also appetising

Tests have shown that dogs like the taste of olive oil. In fact, it’s often used as a method of stimulating the appetite of four-legged picky eaters.

The same reasons for which you should include olive oil in your diet more than justify choosing it for your furry friend. As we have seen, there are many benefits of this superfood.

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