Olive oil is a fat obtained from the fruit of the olive tree, a traditional tree crop of the Mediterranean region, it is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids. The oil is used in cosmetics, cooking, soaps, medicine and was also used as fuel for traditional lamp, olive oil is used nationwide now for several purposes.
The health benefits of olive oil are unrivaled and research reveals more benefits almost everyday. It is safe to say olive oil can improve our health and lives. Listed below are few benefits of olive oil.
Stroke: Research has shown that olive oil may prevent stroke in older people. Stroke is common in older people and olive oil is an inexpensive and easy way to prevent it. Older people who regularly use olive oil for cooking, salad dressing has a 41% lower risk of stroke than their counterparts who never consumed it.
Breast cancer: Olive oil protects the body against breast cancer in contrast to other vegetable oil, the phytonutrient in olive oil mimics the effect of ibuprofen in reducing inflammation which can decrease the risk of breast cancer and it’s recurrence.
Heart disease: Olive oil lowers the levels of total blood cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and triglycerides. At the same time it does not alter the level of HDL cholesterol and may even rise them which plays a protective role and prevents the formation of fatty patches thus stimulating the elimination of the low-density lipoprotein.
Diabetes: A diet rich in olive oil, low in saturated fat, moderately rich in carbohydrates and soluble fiber from fruits, pulses, vegetables and grains is the most effective approach for diabetes. It helps reduce bad low-density lipoprotein while improving blood sugar control and enhances insulin sensitivity.
Obesity: Although high in calories, it helps to reduce levels of obesity.
Stress: Olive oil is rich in antioxidants especially Vitamin E long thought to minimize cancer risk. Among plant oils, olive oil is the highest in monounsaturated fat which doesn’t oxidize in the body and it is low in polyunsaturated fat the kind that does not oxidize.
Blood pressure: Research shows that regular consumption of olive oil can help decrease both systolic and diastolic blood pressure.
Rheumatoid Arthritis: Recent studies have proved that people with diets containing high levels of olive oil are less likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis.