Among the many properties of extra virgin olive oil there is certainly that of protecting our arteries. This is done by regulating the cholesterol levels circulating in the blood. This parameter, feared by all when it comes to carrying out haematological tests, is one of the most important factors related to cardiovascular risk. High levels of LDL cholesterol, also called "bad", are in fact a cause of the formation of atherosclerotic plaques, those narrowing of veins and arteries that in the long run can cause heart attacks and strokes. With extra virgin olive oil, bad cholesterol levels are lowered. Not only that, the good one, also known as HDL, is not altered in the least. Therefore, olive juice represents, in addition to being a tasty condiment, an excellent form of prevention of cardiovascular risk.