Containing about 75% of oleic acid, Olive is among the best natural sources of monounsaturated fats used in lowering cholesterol levels in the blood.
Olive fruits are usually pressed or crushed so as to obtain different types of Olive oil through different pressing processes. The types include Extra Virgin containing about 0.8% acidity, it is the best and it is obtained from the first press. Virgin oil which contains about 2% acidity is the second best and is obtained from the second press. Other types of olive oil include Pure Olive oil, Olive oil,…and Refined Olive oil.
Health Benefits of Olives and Olive Oil:
Olive Oil and Cholesterol A diet rich in extra virgin olive oil helped to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and, perhaps more importantly, stimulated an increase in HDL (good) cholesterol.
Olive Oil and Rheumatoid Arthritis
Adding olive oil to your diet could help you protect yourself against rheumatoid arthritis.
Olive Oil and Antioxidants
Olive oil provides beta carotene (pro-vitamin A) and tocopherol (vitamin E) which are excellent buffers of acids produced in the gastrointestinal tract and those resulting from body metabolism. Extra virgin olive oil contains 88% of its vitamin E in the form of alpha-tocopherol, which is easily synthesised by the body. These are very important antioxidants that prevent the oxidation of LDLs. Such oxidation can cause damage to ordinary cells, nerve cells and arteries and lead to arteriosclerosis, coronary heart disease.
Olive Oil and Aging
The vitamin E content in olive oil is thought to provide a defence against such effects, and thus help maintain mental faculties and muscular control longer and better. Among other benefits, the vitamin A helps prevent and minimise the development of skin wrinkles.
Studies have shown that a diet containing enough oleates as well as a moderate supply of essential fatty acids is needed for healthy bone mineralisation – a process that aids the developing bones in children and prevents calcium loss in adults.
Olive Oil, good for body function
Olive oil is nature’s storehouse of many healthful nutrients like vitamins A, E, D and K and other nutrients such as magnesium-rich chlorophyll, squalene, phytoesterols…
As a conclusion, Olive Oil has so many positive effects on so many different parts of the body and their functions. It has beneficial effects on virtually every aspect of body function, development and maintenance, including brain development, bone structure, digestion, aging process, the condition of skin and hair, metabolism, and on plaque formation in the blood vessels.