Benefits of Olive Oil

Olive oil is one of nature’s most perfect foods with many nutritional benefits.   Olives are harvested from some of the most beautiful areas of the Mediterranean in the fall and the olive oil is available in many grades.

 

Benefits of Olive Oil

Olive oil is well known for it's health benefits.

Olives contain many vitamins and antioxidants. Olive oil is well known for its health benefits and has a long list of polyphenols that occur naturally in plants.   These polyphenols are antioxidant and anti-inflammatory to the body.  Extra virgin olive oil has the highest concentration of the healing polyphenols and are easily digested.

 

Hydroxytyrosol is an extremely rare polyphenol found in olive oil.  It is believed to be one of the most powerful antioxidants, coming in second to gallic acid.  Research has shown it to be ten times greater than green tea and two time greater than CoQ10 in providing an all-natural approach to free-radical damage.  It is highly potent and very beneficial in slowing down the aging process.  The synergy effect with other olive phenols is important as research continues.

 

Anti-inflammatory properties are rarely found in a fat. Olive oil is made up of fat calories, but the fat is monounsaturated, which is considered a healthy fat. Many other types of fat can cause the body to increase production of molecules which trigger inflammatory responses. Olive oil has been shown to considerably decrease the production of these molecules when consumed on a regular basis. For the average person, this means that changing from butter to olive oil within their diet can aid in lowering joint swelling and pain from diseases like arthritis.

 

Olive oil is one of nature's most perfect foods with many nutritional benefits.

People who consume olive oil on a daily basis tend to have better cognitive retention as they age.

Extra virgin olive oil is also praised for its ability to protect the body from certain forms of cancer. Studies have confirmed that diets similar to the Mediterranean style of dieting can help to protect the body from colon cancer and other diseases of the bowels. This is attributed to the large quantities of polyphenols in olive oil, especially the purest forms of the oil. Olive oil is helpful in protecting the body’s very structure or DNA from oxidative stress. Calcium is also more readily absorbed by the human body when olive oil is present in the diet. This absorption helps to create stronger bones and teeth.

 

Olive oil and its relationship in curing cancer is worthy of exploration. Studies of breast cancer patients have recently shown a decrease in the replication of breast cancer cells when olive oil is present in the diet. This study shows similar results with other forms of cancer. From a scientific view, these results could be a breakthrough in the treatment of cancer patients. If changes in diet can help to reverse the effects of cancer, then these same changes should change many other diseases, as well.

 

Longer lives and healthier brains are thought to come from olive oil. People who consume olive oil on a daily basis tend to have better cognitive retention as they age.  The antioxidants which are so numerous in the oil protect the brain over the course of a lifetime. Many researchers are looking toward the Mediterranean diet to help explain this cognitive longevity.

 

Olive oil certainly seems to be a miracle food. It has been a part of human culture and consumption for thousands of years. Olive oil’s healthy properties are only just being explored through scientific studies and the future looks bright for this delicious oil.

 

Blessings to you for incredible health!

 

Gail Seignious

 

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Dr. Norman Walker
"The key to health is simple: If we do not eat the kind of food, prepared properly, which will nourish the body constructively, we not only die prematurely, we suffer along the way."
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"Natural forces within us are the true healers."

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