MADE FROM AVOCADO OIL
Primal Kitchen Greek Vinaigrette is crafted from avocado oil made up of nearly 70% heart-healthy monounsaturated oleic acid. According to the American Heart Association, “[Monounsaturated fats] help reduce bad cholesterol levels in your blood and lower your risk of heart disease and stroke. They also provide nutrients to help develop and maintain your body’s cells. Monounsaturated fats are also typically high in vitamin E, an antioxidant vitamin most Americans need more of.”
AVOCADO OIL BOOSTS NUTRIENT ABSORPTION
According to a study published in the Journal of Nutrition, avocado oil can significantly increase your body’s absorption of carotenoids. Carotenoids are fat-soluble antioxidants that need to be ingested with fats in order to be absorbed. Avocado oil is packed with carotenoids and unsaturated fatty acids, the ideal blend for high bioavailability of nutrients. Researchers found that when salads were dressed with avocado oil, absorption of the carotenoids alpha-carotene, beta-carotene and lutein increased by as much as 15 times compared to salads without avocado oil. So add a drizzle of Greek Vinaigrette to all your salads!
AVOCADO OIL IS HIGH IN ANTIOXIDANTS
Avocados are among the top five foods highest in vitamin E, and avocado oil retains this important vitamin. Research indicates that vitamin E may help strengthen heart health, lower your risk for Alzheimer’s disease, protect against breast and prostate cancers, prevent the progression of age-related macular degeneration, and support the immune and digestive systems.
Vitamin E is just one of the protective antioxidants found in avocado oil. It also has vitamin K, vitamin C, folate, vitamins B5 and B6, and the master antioxidant glutathione, which boosts cellular energy and strengthens the immune system.
Avocado oil is also highly concentrated with minerals: potassium, manganese, iron, phosphorus and zinc. Chlorophyll is another component of avocado oil, a natural source of the mineral magnesium. At the heart of every chlorophyll molecule is a magnesium ion that is released upon contact with an acidic environment such as the human body. The incomplete chlorophyll molecule then lures in toxic metal ions such as mercury and lead to fill in the hole left by the magnesium ion. Once bonded to the chlorophyll molecule, these toxins are rendered harmless and flushed from the body through our stools.
MADE WITH OIL OF OREGANO
Oregano oil is packed with vitamins A, C, E, K, B6, and fiber folate, calcium, potassium, iron and magnesium. It has one of the highest ORACs among all food sources, with an antioxidant activity 42 times more potent than that of apples! Research shows that “…on a per gram fresh weight basis, oregano has demonstrated 42 times more antioxidant activity than apples, 30 times more than potatoes, 12 times more than oranges and 4 times more than blueberries.”
Antioxidants protect your cells, organs and tissues from free radical damage. If not neutralized by antioxidants, free radicals promote oxidation in the body. Oxidative stress instigates premature aging and all manner of chronic disease.
Studies have shown that oregano oil may strengthen your immune system with the support of its active antioxidant rosmarinic acid. It also contains carvacol and thymol—two powerful phytochemicals with antimicrobial and antibacterial capabilities. Some oil of oregano only has 70% carvacol. We searched at great length to find a source for organic oil of oregano that has 80%+ carvacol, so that our Greek Vinaigrette is as medicinal as it is functional.
Interesting fact: researchers recently discovered that oregano is a better treatment for giardia than the prescription drug commonly prescribed to treat the illness, and an in vitro study showed that oregano oil makes conventional antibiotics more effective against E. coli, perhaps lowering the effective dose and subsequent side effects.
Oregano oil also has potential anti-viral properties. The anti-inflammatory compound beta-caryophyllin (E-BCP) may also render oregano oil of potential benefit for inflammatory conditions such as osteoporosis and metabolic syndrome. Oregano is also a natural source of omega-3 fatty acids. Does it get any better?
MADE WITH APPLE CIDER AND RED WINE VINEGAR
Apple cider vinegar certainly adds zing to our Greek Vinaigrette, but it also imparts coveted health benefits, like helping to lower blood sugar. A 2004 study published in Diabetes Care showed that when vinegar was consumed with a high-carbohydrate meal, insulin sensitivity significantly increased.
Apple cider vinegar may also help with weight loss. A small study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition demonstrated that the higher the dose of vinegar, the greater the reported feelings of fullness after a high-carbohydrate meal. Increased satiety may translate to reduced calorie intake and weight loss over time. And animal-based studies suggest that apple cider vinegar may potentially lower high cholesterol, triglycerides and blood pressure, three contributors to heart disease.
Red wine vinegar is made from red wine, but doesn’t contain any of red wine’s alcoholic properties. It’s fat free and low in calories and contains trace amounts of several key vitamins and minerals. One tablespoon is made up of small, but potent, amounts of iron, potassium and vitamin C.
Red wine vinegar is essentially sour red wine, and as such contains resveratrol, which studies have shown may help lower cancer risk and suppress the growth of cancerous tumors, according to a 2007 article published in Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology.