Top 10 Health Advantages of Olive Oil

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The time has come when a headache or a body pain is left to a self cure. No longer do we have to approach a doctor or pass the ordeal of an injection because the cure is at your doorstep. With the many health advantages of the olive oil uncovered, it has hit the news worldwide. The olive oil is in fact, unsaturated fat obtained from the olive (the fruit of Olea europaea ), a traditional tree crop of the Mediterranean Basin. It is the purest form of oil that is obtained without using solvents, re-esterification processes or mixing with other vegetable oils. The emotional health benefits the olive oil provides in addition to it being used as a physical cure also accounts for the oil hitting the top numbers in diet charts.

Given below are some of the important health advantages of using the oil from the Mediterranean.

10. Keep the Bones Healthy

Keep the bones healthy

Keep the bones healthy

Olive oil also helps in increasing the blood calcium levels which thereby prevent the body’s dangerous exposure to Osteoporosis. Thus olive oil helps in reducing the chances of suffering from a progressive bone disease which can result in an increased risk of causing fractures. The symptoms are most commonly observed in post menopausal women as a decrease in the production of estrogen weakens the bone structures mainly the ribs, wrists and hips. So people, who care to remain fresh and healthy irrespective of being young or senile, may use olive oil for a healthier diet and longer life.

9. Reduces the risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Reduces the risk of rheumatoid arthritis

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Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic autoimmune disease causing serious damage to body organs and tissues resulting in a painful and disabling condition. Though still unclear as to how the olive oil aids in reducing the risk of arthritis, researches indicate that people with a relatively rich and healthy content of olive oil stand a better chance of escaping the disease.

8. Anti-inflammatory

Anti-inflammatory

Anti-inflammatory

Olive oil has a considerable amount of poly-phenols which are potent anti-inflammatory agents. The phenolic antioxidant vitamin E along with squalene and oleic acids helps in the removal of a high degree of free radicals which consequently aids in repairing the damage caused due to exposure to sunlight and also protects the DNA from destructive oxidative agents. So does oleocanthal, the poly-nutrient present in olive oil help in reducing the risk of breast cancer and its recurrence.

7. Maintains the Blood Pressure

Maintains the blood pressure

Maintains the blood pressure

Research studies have proved that oleic acid also known as Omega-9 fatty acid reaches the cell membranes and keep changing the signaling patterns which keeps the blood pressure levels under control. So people suffering from blood pressure problems are prescribed to intake an increased amount of olive oil and keep in check both systolic and diastolic blood pressure.

6. Protects the Digestive Tract

Protects the digestive tract

Protects the digestive tract

The upper digestive tract cancer is very less common in people with a high amount of olive oil in their body compared to those who don’t, says the researchers! Secoiridoids, a form of poly-phenol present in the olive oil is responsible for controlling digestive tract cancers. Numerous poly-phenols also help slowing the growth of unwanted bacteria which can cause digestive tract infections. Olive oil poly-phenols like ligstroside are specifically able to inhibit the growth of Heliobacter pylori bacterium lining the stomach walls which can lead to stomach ulcers. Though not much is known about the mechanism of how secoiridoids help in providing the body immunity, it very much does. It caters to every requirement of the body for maintaining a healthy digestive system.

5. Improves your Skin Tone

Improves your skin tone

Improves your skin tone

The olive oil is closer in chemical structure to the natural oil of the skin than any other naturally or artificially obtained oil. Good news, thereby. If anybody out there is worried about having a really dry skin don’t you sweat over it, olive oil is your perfect moisturizer. Also it has regenerative power over the skin tissue which ensures that a regular usage can keep your skin smooth and shiny while keeping it toned and firmed. Olive oil also helps in getting rid of chapped lips and under eye wrinkles. Applying the oil over nails make them look stronger and healthier. And if it’s a dry scalp or frizzy hair or dandruff or split ends that is worrying you, stop wailing and start using olive oil because it can do wonders to your hair!

4. Lowers Cholesterol Levels

Lowers cholesterol levels

Lowers cholesterol levels

Olive oil is found to be composed of about 75% of oleic acid which helps in balancing the cholesterol levels. It helps in lowering the amount of bad cholesterol (LDL) present in the body while increasing the levels of good cholesterol (HDL) and helps in keeping in check the insulin levels. So people with a high content of olive oil has lesser chance to facing an early death due to an unusually high cholesterol level. A regular consumption of olive oil also helps in preventing diabetes.

3. Reduces Skin Cancer

Reduces skin cancer

Reduces skin cancer

Olive oils are known to inhibit the growth of tumour cells thereby protecting one from exposure to skin cancer. Researches prove that the antioxidants found in olive oil is a better cure to malignant melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer. The body is trained to become immune to the  damaging UV rays because of the presence of cartenoids( a colour pigment found in fruits and vegetables). Similarly, virgin olive oil (a type of olive oil) is said to contain elements that help in preventing breast cancer and DNA damage stimulating the death of tumour cells.

2. Checks Your Heart Rate

Checks your heart rate

Checks your heart rate

Using olive oil reduces the amount of cholesterol in your body making sure the arteries remain   unblocked.  It also reduces the oxidative stress caused by its high anti oxidative content. The olive oil also keeps in check the chronic inflammation level of the body, particularly the heart. Consuming olive oil with a high amount of poly-phenol affects the genetic structure in a positive manner which also adds to reducing the risk of a heart disease. Researchers state that an intake of more than four tablespoons of olive oil a day reduces the risk of suffering a heart stroke. Moreover an olive oil rich diet slows down the aging of the heart by reducing the deterioration of the endothelium of the blood vessels.

1. Better Cognitive Function

Better cognitive function

Better cognitive function

Olive oil helps in the better functioning of all the organs, specially in older people. It is the type of fat present in your body that counts rather than the amount of fat when it comes to preventing your body from being prone to various diseases. According to related scientific studies, monosaturated fats help in reducing the risk of metabolic syndrome. Olive oil, like nuts and seeds provides a diet rich in monosaturated fat which protects the body from many chronic diseases by almost 50% unlike a low fat diet. Though high in calories it also prevents obesity.

 

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