Olive Oil Benefits Health – 10 Health Benefits Of Olive Oil

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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:

Cancer

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.

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Cholesterol

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.

Cataracts

Studies suggest that antioxidant found in olive oil, prevents this clouding of the eye’s lens.


Eczema

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.

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Alzheimer’s

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.

Acne

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

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.

Hay Fever

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.

Peptic Ulcer

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.

Cold Pressed EVOO from Greece

 

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:

 

Olive Oil and Health

 

Watch this Great Video on why you should drink a Tablespoon of Olive Oil every morning.

About Mariette Chapman 11 Articles
I have always loved living a life as close to nature as possible. I believe in eating a healthy, natural diet, and treating common ailments with natural herbal remedies as far as possible.

23 Comments

  1. This is definitely an informative article. I knew that EVOO was good for you, I just never realized there were that many health benefits in using it. I use it all the time when cooking.
    I am going to bookmark this so that I can check doe new post and I will also be checking out Olive Oil Times. I am really interested in other benefits,
    I want to try the dipping sauce as well.

    • Hi Lee,
      EVOO is just one of the most amazing health products there are! I eat it with everything, and find the best way to get the daily dose is to have it with fresh bread. I just dip it in the olive oil and balsamic, tastes lovely!
      Thanks for commenting!

  2. I love olive oil. I do notice cooking with it is not ideal. It’s best in its raw form. I’ve even done cleanses where I have to mix it with grapefruit juice and drink it. The olive oil taste was quite pleasant and my gallbladder got cleansed in the process!

    • Hi Lori,
      I have learnt that in fact olive oil is best for frying food! Here is an article on it.www.internationaloliveoil.org › The Olive World › Olive Oil
      Olive oil is ideal for frying. In proper temperature conditions, without over-heating, it undergoes no substantial structural change and keeps its nutritional value better than other oils, not only because of the antioxidants but also due to its high levels of oleic acid.
      So glad you enjoyed the article, thanks!

  3. Hi Mariette, I think the only thing you mentioned that I knew about EVOO was using it on salads. A lot of useful information and you have my interest in using EVOO as a natural type preventive. I smoke, with a lifetime of fairly poor diet habits, but as I get older, I am finding myself looking for natural ways to improve my odds. 4 tablespoons added to the natural herbs I already do won’t be too hard.

    • Hi Sanders,
      Yes, it is difficult to make changes as one gets older, but by just making minor changes to your diet and activities it is possible to improve your life. So glad that you are doing it! EVOO is really a wonder food in so many ways! Thanks for reading!

  4. Ohhhhh I have heard some benefits of using Extra Virgin Olive Oil, but I didn’t realize there where so many. I had heard of it being a natural moisturizer and have been too scared to use it as a hair mask, do you know how much a should use? A teaspoon?? A dessert spoon? Or just go for it and see what works for me?
    Thanks so much for sharing, I had already introduced it into my cooking, but now I may also put it into my beauty routine as well.

    • Hi Nicole,
      You can use as much as needed, depending on your hair length, but 1 tablespoon should do it. I just warm it up before I apply it. Just massage it into your hair, and leave on as long as possible, if you can sleep with it on overnight, even better! You will see the difference it makes!

  5. Hi Mariette, This is a great article on the wonderful benefits of EVOO which I really enjoy using. Just this morning there was a Doctor speaking on the radio about the benefits of eating a Mediterranean Diet for all sorts of reasons and your great article enforced what he said.
    I had heard that it wasn’t good to cook with it but am pleased to read here that it is not a problem.
    Will be sharing this great article.

    • Hi Jill,
      I appreciate you sharing, thanks! We should all follow the Mediterranean Diet, as it is just such a good way of keeping healthy! Thanks for reading.
      Regards,
      Mariette

  6. Very informative article. I have tried using olive oil and I can say that it’s better than the other types of oils. It may be a little expensive but I know that it has a lot of health benefits. I will definitely check out your recommendations. Thanks.

  7. Olive oil is also really good for hair. Sometimes I put olive oil on my hair and wrap it with a plastic conditioning cap and an old t-shirt the night before I shampoo my hair the results are soft, manageable and super shiny hair.

  8. I’ve been eating a low carb high-fat lifestyle that includes a diet of olives and olive oil. I love extra virgin olive oil and use it daily on just about everything. As you state there are many health benefits. I am living those health results. First of all, I have lost over 60 pounds but more importantly, I am in perfect health. Love my good fats like olive oil.

  9. Perfect timing for me to read this. Just today, my wife and I started a 4 week Keto and boot camp challenge. We need fat and we both love the benefits of olive oil. We actually have a subscription for olive oil from Paso Robles that is awesome. Several flavors as well. We will be using this for cooking of course and your information helps let us know all the other benefits.
    Thanks for this very useful and informative article. I am going to bookmark your site so I can read your other articles.

    • Hi Curtis,
      Thank you for the comment. Always nice to see that people are using olive oil. It really has so many health benefits, and if I can make more people aware of it, I am happy! Hope you will enjoy my future articles as well. If you would like to subscribe to my Newsletter, which I will be starting shortly, let me know.
      Kind Regards,
      Mariette

  10. Hi Mariette,
    I am totally on your wavelength when it comes to a choice between a natural product and taking a drug,thank you so much for such an informative site with excellent advice for health conscious people.
    All the best,
    Fintan

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