The Health Benefits Of Olive Oil

Olive oil is a rich source of monounsaturated fatty acids and it also has high-antioxidant content. It is beneficial for controlling cholesterol levels and possesses numerous other health benefits. The oil is a healthful replacement for animal fats and Mediterranean countries often use olive oil in the production of pastries and cakes in place of butter or margarine; particularly in breakfast pastries.

Olive oil is not only more readily accepted by the digestive system and stomach, but it may also promote the secretion of pancreatic hormones and bile, which help decrease the likelihood of gallstones. This can protect the stomach from gastritis or possible ulcers. Research in Spain also shows that olive oil can help prevent colon cancer.

There are many more benefits of olive oil to take into consideration. It is thought to increase the efficiency of the metabolism, and helps to defend against bacteria and viruses.

A rich source of vitamins A, B1, B2, C, D and E, as well as iron renders olive oil one of the most nutritious components of a daily diet.

As well as internal benefits, olive oil also has more apparent external benefits. The high content of monounsaturated fatty acids establishes olive oil an excellent food source for skin health. These benefits can be drawn by ingesting olive oil, or even by applying it directly on the skin. The essential vitamins in olive oil can help in slowing down the aging process and in promoting smoother, more supple skin.

Olive oil has also been found to possess incredible benefits for our hair. It nourishes and conditions while preventing hair loss and stimulating hair growth. Try these olive oil hair mask recipes to take advantage of olive oil’s wonderful beauty properties.

The healthiest type of olive oil is cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oil, which has very high levels of polyphenols, which are excellent antioxidants that are of special benefit to the heart.

These are only a few of the incredible health benefits of olive oil, which you should be making an important part of your daily diet whenever possible. Those who truly cannot bare the taste of olive oil are encouraged to take it in capsule form which can be bought at health stores.

Comments

  1. Thanks for this article, there are some things in there that I did not know before about the direct health benefits of olive oil.

    I do have a couple of questions that I would like to ask:

    First, do you know of any research that may have been done into the effects of heat on the benefits of the oil? For example, does cooking with it alter the effectiveness of the olive oil to health? Should we try to use healthy olive oil more in cold dishes like salad dressings etc to maximize the health benefits?

    Also, I have access to some natural products which contain “olive fruit extract” and “olive leaf extract”. When you talk about taking capsules if we find it hard to tolerate the taste of olive oil in the diet, are these products effective, or should we find a supplement that contains actual “olive oil”?

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