EXTRA VIRGIN olive oil, from the first pressing of the olives, contains higher levels of antioxidants, particularly vitamin E and phenols, because it is less processed. Olive oil is clearly one of the good oils, one of the healing fats. Most people do quite well with it since it does not upset the critical omega 6 to omega 3 ratio & most of the fatty acids in olive oil are actually omega-9 oil which is monounsaturated.
Since the poly phenols in olive oil act both as antioxidants and anti-inflammatory molecules, they are perfectly suited for lowering our cells' risk of oxidative stress and chronic unwanted inflammation. Research studies have shown that as little as 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil per day can lower our risk of certain cancer, including cancers of the breast, respiratory tract, upper digestive tract, and to a lesser extent, lower digestive tract (colorectal cancers). In some research studies, the anti-cancer benefits of olive oil do not show up until the diets of routine olive oil users are compared with the diets of individuals who seldom use olive oil and who instead consume added fats that are more saturated in composition (for example, butter). Studies have shown that people who consumed 25ml - about 2 tablespoons - of Extra Virgin olive oil daily for 1 week showed less oxidation of LDL cholesterol and higher levels of antioxidant compounds, particularly phenols, in the blood.
Spanish researchers suggest that including olive oil in your diet may also offer benefits in terms of colon cancer prevention. Their study results showed that rats fed diet supplemented with olive oil had a lower risk of colon cancer than those fed safflower oilsupplemented diets. In fact, the rats that received olive oil had colon cancer rates almost as low as those fed fish oil, which several studies have already linked to a reduction in colon cancer risk.
The greatest exponent of monounsaturated fat is olive oil, and it is a prime component of the Mediterranean Diet. Olive oil is a natural juice which preserves the taste, aroma, vitamins and properties of the olive fruit. Olive oil is the only vegetable oil that can be consumed as it is - freshly pressed from the fruit.
The beneficial health effects of olive oil are due to both its high content of monounsaturated fatty acids and its high content of anti oxidative substances. Studies have shown that olive oil offers protection against heart disease by controlling LDL ("bad") cholesterol levels while raising HDL (the "good" cholesterol) levels. No other naturally produced oil has as large an amount of monounsaturated as olive oil -mainly oleic acid.
Olive oil is very well tolerated by the stomach. In fact, olive oil's protective function has a beneficial effect on ulcers and gastritis. Olive oil activates the secretion of bile and pancreatic hormones much more naturally than prescribed drugs. Consequently, it lowers the incidence of gallstone formation.
1.Eating: Olive oil is one of the 3 foods permitted by the FDA to contain a health claim benefit on its label. Drizzle it over salads, grilled vegetable, meats and bruschett to improve your health and have radiant skin.
2.Shaving: Use olive oil instead of shaving cream for an extra smooth and silky finish. However your shower could become quite slippery so be careful getting in and out.
3.Dry Scalp Relief: Condition your scalp with warm olive oil & massage it in as a relief for dry scalp. Leave it on for 20 minutes then wash your hair as usual.
4. Make Up Remover and Face Moisturizer: Use olive oil filled with Vitamin E and antioxidants instead of your regular makeup remover and moisturizer to hydrate and renew, smooth and heal the skin, especially acne scars.
5. Cuticle Oil: Use it to help moisturize, repair and protect the cuticle against damage.
6. Soothing Oil: Apply to rashes for soothing, like diaper rash and sun burn.
7. Anti Frizz: Apply a couple of drops in the palm of your hand, rub gently and run your fingers through frizzy hair to tame it, add shine and condition.
ANTIOXIDANT: - Extra Virgin Olive Oil, from the first pressing of the olives, contains higher level of antioxidants particularly E and Phenols.
HEART DISEASE: Olive oil offers protection against heart disease by controlling LDL (bad) cholesterol level while raising HDL (good) cholesterol levels, thus contributing to the low incidence of heart failure.
BLOOD PRESSURE: Regular consumption of olive oil decreases both systolic (maximum) and diastolic (minimum) blood pressure.
DIABETES: An olive oil rich diet is not only good alternative in the treatment of diabetes; it mayalso help to prevent or delay the onset of the disease by preventing insulin resistance and its possible pernicious implications by raising HDL- cholesterol, lowering triglycerides, and ensuring better blood sugar level control and lower blood pressure.
DIGESTIVE SYSTEM: Olive Oil's protective function has a beneficial effect on ulcers and gastritis and it reduces the risk of the flow or reflux of food and gastric juice up from the stomach to the esophagus. Olive Oil activates the secretion of bile and pancreatic hormones much more naturally than prescribed drugs. Consequently, it lowers incidence of gallstone formation. Oil is recommended in diseases where pancreatic function has to be maintained, such as pancreas failure, chronic pancreatitis, cystic fibrosis, malabsorption syndromes etc. It has choice properties and a mild laxative effect that helps to combat constipation and bad breath.
IMMUNE SYSTEM: It has been documented that olive oil intake bolsters the immune system against external attacks from microorganism, bacteria or viruses.
ARTHIRITIS: Regular consumption of Extra Virgin Olive Oil may reduce the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis.
OSTEOPOROSIS: Extra Virgin Olive Oil appears to have a favorable effect on bone calcification and bond mineralization. It helps calcium absorption, thereby playing an important part during the period of growth and in the prevention of osteoporosis.
MEMORY: Extra Virgin Olive Oil rich diets may prevent memory loss; this effect is believed to occur because the monounsaturated fatty acids may help to maintain the structure of the brain cell membranes since the demand for these acids appears to grow during aging.
PREGNANCY & CHILDHOOD: Extra Virgin Olive Oil plays a key role in foetal development during pregnancy and a shortage may have pernicious effects on the baby's subsequent development.
TOBACCO INDUCED DISEASES: Extra Virgin Olive Oil contains many antioxidant compounds that diminish oxidative stress and Olive Oil appears to convey protection against some tobacco-induced diseases, such as pancreatic cancer and carcinomas of the oral.