Every now and then we keep hearing people talking about benefits of olive oil. So, what exactly are those wonders? How can we get the most out of olive oil?

Get to know olive oil

Olive oil is an essential fruit oil used in cooking, cosmetics and medicine. It is also used as a fuel or for lighting lamps. Olive oil comes in these following forms:

Virgin olive oil: This variety is lower in acid content and used mostly for cooking.

Extra virgin olive oil: This variety has even less acid content compared to the previous one. Extra virgin olive oil is made by cold pressing the olive fruit.

Pure olive oil: This type has a high acid content. People make pure olive oil by combining refined and virgin oils.

Lampante oil: This type is used as a fuel and not suitable for cooking.

Health benefits of olive oil

For heart health

In natural olive oil, there is 70% monounsaturated fatty acid. Therefore, it can reduce cholesterol accumulation in the blood while lowering the risks of heart problems. In addition, while reducing the bad cholesterol LDL, it increases the good cholesterol HDL. According to the FDA, 2 tablespoons a day is helpful in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.

For weight loss

Fats in olive oil is mainly mono-unsaturated ones and they seem to contribute nothing to one’s attempt to put on some weight. Research has shown that Mediterranean olive oil can actually help us lose weight.

For metabolism

Olive oil offers a serious boost to our metabolism, bone growth, and brain development. Besides, this oil os rich in vitamin E, an important antioxidant. Thus, live oil is good for both children and elderly people.

For digestion

Olive oil can benefit digestive process as well. In medicine, doctors use olive oil to clean the digestive tract, improving bowel movements.

For anti-aging

Loaded with antioxidants, olive oil helps us to stay younger for longer. In cosmetics, olive oil is well-known for its anti-aging properties. Those who use the oil would have glowing and shining skin..

For gallstones prevention

Olive oil is helpful in preventing gallstones from forming and affecting your overall health.

For healthy cell walls

Polyphenol in olive oil helps you build strong and healthy cell walls. The oil also works in increasing the arterial wall’s elasticity, saving you from risks of many heart problems.

For cancer prevention

It is believed olive oil can protect us against cancerous growth. Studies have shown that olive oil’s acidic content is able to prevent the commencement of rectum cancer and bowel cancer. Another study suggests that with its hydroxytyrosol content, olive oil may help postmenopausal women to prevent breast cancer.

For hypertension prevention

According to a recent study, a diet that is rich in nitrite, nitrate (found in leafy green vegetables), and unsaturated fats (found in olive oil) may lower the risk of hypertension.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Read also:

Sources
Want to live your best life?
Get the Hello Sehat Daily newsletter for health tips, wellness updates and more.
You might also like