Main benefits of olive oil for health
Olive oil, known as liquid gold, has many therapeutic properties, both for health and beauty.
Much of these qualities are due to certain antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds, present in its composition.
*Olive oil varieties
There are different varieties of olive oil, but the most important, from the gastronomic and medicinal point of view is extra virgin olive oil.
Extra virgin *olive oil
Extra virgin olive oil is pure natural juice, extracted directly from olives, from the first cold pressed.
Therefore, it is the highest quality and does not contain additives or preservatives. Likewise, it is the most healthy, tasty and aromatic.
These oils are recommended to be taken raw, since they retain their high medicinal and nutritional properties.
Preventive and curative properties
Prevents cardiovascular diseases
Olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fats and antioxidants, which reduce levels of LDL (bad cholesterol). As a result, it improves blood circulation, at the same time, prevents clogging of the arteries, lowers blood pressure and reduces the risk of heart attacks.
It promotes digestion
Reduces gastric acid secretion, thus protecting against gastrointestinal diseases and avoiding heartburn.
Keeps bones strong
It contributes to proper bone mineralization, and its development. It is very important, that it is present in the diet of growing children and in the adult, to limit the loss of calcium during aging and prevent osteoporosis.
Olive oil can delay aging, thanks to the high concentration of polyphenols. So, these act as natural antioxidants, very necessary to prevent wrinkles and maintain skin elasticity.
Protect the brain
Thanks to the healthy fats it has, it helps protect the brain. Above all, it helps to avoid memory problems and delay all types of mental deterioration, which is linked to Alzheimer’s diseases.
It is a home remedy, for mild constipation. In addition, it helps regulate intestinal transit, softens the toughest stool and will eliminate inflammation or intestinal irritation.
Relieves joint pain
Olive oil is rich in oleocantal, a natural anti-inflammatory, similarly, to ibuprofen, which can help reduce pain associated with joints and muscles.
Protects the liver
Strengthens the functions of the liver, helps to purify the body and also protects against fatty liver.
Moisturizes the skin
It helps to hydrate the skin and prevent dryness.
Due to its high content of natural fatty acids and its contribution of vitamins E and K, it is ideal for fighting premature aging. Allowing to maintain the elasticity and natural softness of the skin.
Strengthens the hair
Olive oil is the best food for hair, gives it shine and softness. Especially when the hair is lifeless and damaged. In addition, due to its great nutritional power, it favors its growth, by strengthening the hair follicles.
A recent study by the WHO (World Health Organization) points to a component of olive oil, called “oleocantal”. This is capable of killing cancer cells, without damaging healthy cells. Therefore, the consumption of olive oil implies less incidence of cancer.
Cases of type II diabetes can be reduced by half, thanks to the consumption of olive oil. As a result, the healthy fats that are part of this food, would lead to keeping sugar levels regulated.