Amazing Benefits of Olive Oil No-one Ever Told You About

Olive oil is also called as Olea europaea or European olive. This plant belongs to family Oleaceae. Olive oil has a distinct pungent flavor that can make dishes delicious. Its use is gradually increasing not only for flavor in food but also for numerous health benefits. It increases the beauty of the skin and and has numerous benefits for hair as well.

Benefits of Olive oil

 

Types of Olive Oil

 

∇ Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Extra virgin olive oil is obtained by crushing or cold-pressing olives. Extra-virgin olive oil has true olive flavour and lower level of oleic acid. Higher concentration of natural vitamins and minerals found in olives. Only 1% of Oleic Acid can retain the antioxidant potential of the body.

∇ Standard Virgin oil

It is less acidic up to 2%, it cannot contain any refined oil. Virgin olive oil is good for cooking

∇ Pure or blended olive oil

It is called ‘pure’, but they are mostly a blend of refined olive oil and virgin production oil.

∇ Refined Oil

Through chemical processing, virgin oil convert into “refined olive oils.” Oil use to go through heat, chemicals, or filtration. These refined olive have an acidity level of 0.3 percent or less, which also tends to give them a longer shelf life.

∇ Pomace oil

Another olive is pomace oil. This oil is quite good for cooking.

 

Olive Oil Benefits and Uses

Olive oil is anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, antipyretic, analgesic, rich in vitamin E and Vitamin K, a source of good cholesterol.

 

  • Treats dandruff and hair fallOlive oil for hair

Olive oil is excellent in reducing inflammation of the scalp. In order to treat hair fall caused by dry scalp or any other problem, take some olive oil (depending on the length of your hair) and mix it with two table spoons of honey. You can add two to three drops of lemon juice in the mixture as well. Warm it a little bit and apply it on your scalp, massage and leave it for about an hour. Do this remedy twice a week in order to get the best results.

 

 

  • Excellent for heart patientsOlive oil for heart patients

Olive oil is good for heart patients and sugar patients. It is higher in MUFAs than sesame, coconut, rapeseed, sunflower and corn oil. Patients with heart diseases and diabetes should use extra virgin olive oil as much as possible.

 

 

 

  • Treats cold and coughOlive oil for colds and cough

Olive oil has the properties to keep your immune system healthy. It helps by reducing the risk of respiratory tract infections. If you or your child has caught common cold or cough, just put some olive oil on the sole of feet, gently massage it and cover the feet with socks. This will help relieve the symptoms of common cold and cough and will help you have a good nights sleep.

 

 

 

  • Source of good cholesterol Olive oil as good cholesterol

Olive oil promotes the flow High-density lipoproteins or HDL which is called the good cholesterol, which prevents bloodstream plaque and toxin formation.

 

 

  • Good for digestionOlive oil for digestion

Olive oil can also work effectively for gastrointestinal tract and colon. This also helps speeding up bowel movement and release constipation. Mixing a tablespoon of olive oil and a teaspoon of lemon juice can be an effective remedy for constipation especially when taken in the morning.

 

 

  • Cures depressionOlive oil for depression

Olive oil can increase the levels of serotonin, the brain chemical that is also called the happiness hormone. Majority of the anti-depressants also use olive oil to prepare serotonin. So start having olive oil and say bye to depression forever.

 

 

 

 

 

  • Promotes brain healthOlive oil for brain health

The good amounts of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids present in extra virgin olive oil are good for brain and memory power. It is encouraged to give your children at least one teaspoon of olive oil a day as it is one of the most important components of increasing brain activity.

 

 

 

  • Acts as a pain relieverOlive oil for pain relief

Oleocanthal, a compound present in the olive oil, lends olive oil immense anti-inflammatory properties, thereby making olive oil an excellent pain reliever be it externally or internally. Patients with ear pain or ear infections are recommended to put olive oil drops to relieve pain. Apart from the multiple skin and hair benefits, olive oil has a good amount of Vitamin E and K.

 

 

  • Olive oil for skinOlive oil for skin

Olive oil contains vitamin E, which improves skin health by treating inflammation, acne, and dryness. It also improves skin elasticity and its regenerative properties reduces wrinkles and signs of aging, treats cracked heels. Just take two to three drops of olive oil in your palms, rub it and apply on your face. Do this every night, this will make your skin radiant and glowing. For cracked heels, take some olive oil and apply on your heels, wear socks and go to sleep. Keep doing this for a week and notice visible changes.

 

 

 

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