Olives and Olive oils are known for their medicinal and healing properties. They are one of the best healing foods. Research has shown that a real high-quality extra virgin olive oil has anti-inflammatory, antioxidants, and various heart-friendly nutrients.
The market has several types of olive oil, like extra virgin olive oil, virgin olive oil, and regular olive oil. But research has shown that the extra virgin olive oils are the best because they are produced by cold pressing and does not use any chemical for refinement.
One tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil contains 120 calories, 14-gram fats, Zero sugar carbs or protein, 1 mg vitamin K, 9 mg vitamin E. How much you need in a day totally depends on how many calories you need. Ideally, One to four tablespoon in a day is recommended in order to benefit your health.
Here are some health benefits of olive oil-
Reduce heart problems-
Pure olive oils contain 70% monounsaturated fatty acids. Oils that contain monosaturated fats are typically liquid at room temperature but starts to turn solid hen chilled. Studies revealed that high monosaturated fats diets lower LDL cholesterol and raise HDL. LDL is the main cause of artery blockage and HDL works to clear cholesterol from the blood. Olive oil has a powerful antioxidant that is polyphenols. Hence it is considered as an anti-inflammatory food and cardiovascular protector.
Helps in fight cancer-
According to European journal of cancer prevention 2004 the olive oil is one of the antioxidants foods. They contain a substantial amount of anti-cancer agents like squalene and terpenoids. Medical research shows that the acidic content of the olive oil can prevent cancer. The consumption of olive oil in southern Europe represents an important contribution to cancer prevention.
Weight loss and obesity prevention-
Obesity is the most common disease these days but it can be easily prevented by healthy food choices and exercise. And when it comes to healthy food choices, olive oil is the one. Eating healthy fats control excess insulin level (blood sugar level) which cause weight gain.
Better brain health-
Olive oil is considered as the best brain food which improves focus and memory. It is rich in fatty acids and antioxidants, which are required in a high amount to regulate our mood and thinking process.
Olive oil can prevent depression and anxiety as they are rich in healthy fats and provides brain sufficient amount of nutrients. Depression and anxiety can occur when the brain doesn’t get a sufficient amount of happy hormones like serotonin or dopamine. They are important for mood regulation, good sleep and thought process.
Olive olive is rich in healthy fats, which save our skin from toxicity, free radicals, UV light damage and inflammation causing food. It is a rich source of vitamin E and antioxidants, which hydrates our skin, speed up healing and fight hormonal imbalance, hence it cures acne eczema and other skin conditions.
Prevent and treat diabetes-
Studies show that consuming monosaturated fats (like olive oil) has beneficial effects on insulin sensitivity and can reduce the risk of diabetes. Adding extra virgin olive oil in your diet can have a beneficial effect on your blood stream. Apart from this, it makes you feel more satisfied which prevents sugar cravings and overeating.
Olive oil is rich in vitamin E and omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, which benefits the gastrointestinal tract and colon. Its consistency and texture make the food move smoothly through the colon. When consuming regularly, it completely prevents constipation.
Clear ear wax-
Put few drops of olive oil in the affected ear twice daily for 3-4 days and lay on your side for several minutes to allow the oil dissolve the wax.
Long and strong hair-
It is rich in healthy fats which make it ideal for hair. It moisturizes the scalp and adds strength and shine to hair.
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