Olive oil benefits health in so many ways, that we really can’t ignore this wonder oil. It contains a wide variety of valuable antioxidants that are not found in other oils. Hydroxytyrosol is thought to be the main antioxidant compound in olives, and believed to play a significant role in the many health benefits attributed to olive oil.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil also contain high amounts of essential fatty acid (EFA) called Omega-3, which is essential for your heart health.
Extra virgin Olive Oil has been used for centuries in the Mediterranean countries as part of their diet, and it is well recorded what benefits they derived from that.
There are unfortunately many inferior olive oil products available in the supermarkets, so you have to check that you are buying a good quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil that has been cold pressed.
Because of its content of oleic acid, and antioxidants, polyphenols, sterols and vitamins, a good olive oil can help to prevent diseases such as:
Epidemiological studies suggest that olive oil has a protective effect against
certain malignant tumors in the breast, prostate, endometrium and digestive tract. Certain constituents of extra virgin olive oil reduce oxidation damage to DNA. Its anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatories may slow the development of cancer, and encourage self-destruction of cancer cells.
Coronary Heart Disease
Coronary artery disease begins when high blood pressure, and an unhealthy lifestyle like smoking, high blood-fat or blood-sugar levels damage the arteries’ linings and make it leak. When a higher proportion of Monounsaturated fats are included in the diet, which is contained in extra virgin olive oil, in the form of oleic acid, it can lead to a reduction in the risk of coronary heart disease, as it discourages oxidation, inflammation and high blood pressure.
When also following the Meditteranean Diet, and including 4 Tablespoons of EVOO daily, you could reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease dramatically.
Olive oil’s high levels of natural antioxidants, which serves to scavenge and detoxify harmful free radicals in our body, serves to protect us from degenerative diseases, such as cardiovascular and circulatory diseases, rheumatoid arthritis, skin diseases, obesity, high blood pressure and premature ageing.
Studies suggest that antioxidant found in olive oil, prevents this clouding of the eye’s lens.
Skin health starts from the inside, and by including EVOO in your diet, you can improve the general health and appearance of your skin, through the consumption of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which is found in EVOO. There are strong anti-bacterial properties in these essential fatty acids.
Anti-inflammatories such as sqeualine and other antioxidants in olive oil may also help in healing eczema when applied to the skin.
Extra Virgin Olive oil’s anti-inflammatory antioxidants counter oxidation and inflammation, which is a contributing factor in Alzheimer’s, as this destroys brain cells. Its monoansaturated fats also helps to keep brain-cell membranes healthy.
Olive oil can help to cure acne because of it’s anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. By applying olive oil to the skin twice a day, and consuming 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil daily, your acne should clear up.
Asthma is a result of inflammation and over sensitivity of the airways, and when consuming olive oil on a daily basis, it could assist in lowering the rate, because of monoansaturated fats, oleocanthal and other anti-inflammatories. The quercetin in olive oil also acts as an antihistamine.
Consuming 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil daily may help to discourage the allergic inflammation of hay fewer because of it anti-inflammatory and antihistamine components.
An ulcer can develop if the stomach’s protective mucus, lining, or acid levels are not correct. Peptic ulcers, gastritis and cancer, is caused by inflammation caused by an infection with Helicobacter pylori bacteria. The polyphenols diffuse from olive oil into stomach acid, where they exert strong activity against helicobacter pylori for several hours. By replacing animal fat in your diet with extra virgin olive oil, it should assist greatly in reducing or curing peptic ulcers.
If you have never used olive oil, then you should really try to add this amazing oil to your diet. It has so many health benefits, and also tastes wonderful. If there is a place in the area where you live that offer Olive Oil Tastings, I urge you to go and do that. You will be amazed at the flavors you can taste in different oils. It is wonderful to pour over salads, and even just mixed with a little Balsamic vinegar, makes a lovely dipping sauce for fresh bread. It is also great to use on your skin as a natural moisturizer, and as a hair mask.
You can also take alook at the Olive Oil Times website, which has very informative articles and information about EVOO
I recommend that you take a look at the books that are available, to learn more about this wonder plant, and all the incredible health benefits it offers.
My Personal Recommendation:
Watch this Great Video on why you should drink a Tablespoon of Olive Oil every morning.