Health and Olive Oil

The healing properties of olive oil have been known since ancient times. Today the science comes to confirm and characterize olive oil not only as great food but also as medicine for many ailments. Its beneficial properties are due not only to its composition, but also to the proportion of its ingredients. The olive oil contains oleic acid (73 % – 80 %), vitamins A, E, D, K, phenolic compounds, sterols, phospholipids, terpene alcohols and additional ingredients which give the oil flavor, aroma and strong nutritional properties.

Consuming 3-4 olives day or 3 tablespoons of raw extra virgin olive oil you protect your body from cancer. A polyphenol which an olive contains, a hydroxytyrosol, destroys tumor cells and prevents their proliferation. This study is a finding of homogeneous scientist Tom Karagiannis, Director of the Department of Molecular and Gene Baker Research Institute in Melbourne.

1. It protects the digestive system and reduces the chances of ulcer.

2. It helps the proper development of bone in children and is a major factor in balance metabolism.

3. It is a weapon against osteoporosis, while vitamin E slows down the deterioration of cells leading to the natural aging.

4. It plays an important role in treating diseases of bile and impairs the formation of gallstones.

5. It reduces bad cholesterol and increases good. The constant consumption of olive oil reduces mortality from cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases.

6. It helps avoid the development of several cancers, especially breast cancer.

7. The oil consumption in combination with fish reduces to 1/4 the chances for rheumatoid arthritis.

8. It improves the mobility of the colon.

9. It has a markedly beneficial effect in the treatment of diabetes.

10. It protects the body from creating blood clots.