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The Benefits of Olive Oil

August 16, 2011

From our newfound favorite blog, Head to Toe Beauty, we learn more about olive oil. By the way, olives are alkaline.

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Did you know that oil holds many health benefits? Not only is it great to cook with, but it can also contribute to your longevity. Olive oil, like wine, has been around forever. For people of the Mediterranean, it has had medicinal, even magical powers through the ages. The olive tree is considered a symbol of peace and glory.

Olive oil was used in medicines and different ointments. It was also used for nourishment and as an overall healing agent.

1. Reduce your chances of plaque buildup on your arteries, thereby avoiding a heart attack or stroke. Olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fat and antioxidants like chlorophyll, carotenoids and vitamin E. Scientists have identified a compound in olive oil called oleuropein which prevents the LDL cholesterol from oxidizing. It is the oxidized cholesterol that sticks to the walls of the arteries and forms plaque. Replacing other fats in your diet with olive oil can significantly lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke.

2. Can Inhibit Cancer. A recent study showed that monounsaturated fatty acids found in olive oil has the ability to reduce the affect of a gene within the human body that can cause cancer. It helps protect against colon cancer as well. It can reduce the amount of carcinogens formed in meat when it is cooked, if the meat was cooked using olive oil.

3. Controls Blood Sugar. Diabetics are always advised to combine low fat, high carbohydrate diets with olive oil. The combination of them can control blood sugar levels.

4. Ease the Symptoms of Ulcers and Gallstones. It adds a protective coating on the lining of the stomach to help ease the discomfort often associated with these conditions.

On a lighter side it is also used:

As a Body Oil
To Control Hair Frizz and Dry Cuticles
Control a Nagging Cough
Shine Pots and Pans
Used as a Lip Balm
Used as a Bath Oil

Did you know? Every sacred text from the ancient Near East (now the Middle East) is filled with mentions of olive oil. This product propelled the economy of the ancient world and was thought of as liquid gold. Ancient Olympic athletes rubbed it on their bodies before they competed because they believed it gave them strength and youth.

Credit: Head to Toe Beauty
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