Olive Oil, my number 1 oil!
Main benefits and its effects on the body from inside and outside.
For centuries, the Mediterranean countries have been using
Olive Oil as the main oil in their diet
The active components of olive oil include:
oleic acid (a monounsaturated, omega-9 fatty acid), phenolic compounds (oleuropein), and squalene.
The oil has been shown health benefits to the heart, the cardiovascular system
and decreasing the risk of LDL peroxidation (oxygen damage to fat) in the bloodstream.
When diets low in monounsaturated fats are replacing other oils with Olive Oil, research tends to show a significant decrease in their total blood cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and LDL: HDL ratio.
In addition, recent research studies have shown that Olive Oil and its oleic acid may be important factors for lowering blood pressure.
Other beneficial compounds are vitamin E, beta-carotene and squalene that also plays a special role in skin health(1).
So consuming Olive Oil is good for a healthy diet, increasing antioxidants in your nutrition, good for your skin, beneficial for your heart and reducing bad cholesterol levels.
How to choose which Olive Oil to buy?
Extra Virgin Olive Oil that is derived from the first pressing of the Olives has the best overall health benefits.
“Extra Virgin” can only contain up to 0.8% of free acidity,
You should choose an oil that is in a dark glass bottle.
Olive Oil is the main ingredient in many cosmetics formulas (body and hair) as it contributes to moisturizing and restoring the skin.
You can also use Olive Oil at home as part of a natural treatment for your hair:
Mix half a cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
with 5 drops of rosemary essential oil
and 3 drops of lavender essential oil.
Apply it on your hair half an hour before the shower,
massage your roots and then wash with shampoo and warm water.
This treatment will strengthen your roots and will give your hair a beautiful shine and wonderful feeling.
This might also prevent hair loss.
I’m hoping that you will also love and enjoy all the benefits of this amazing oil!
See also about the benefits of the Olive leaves here- My visit to Israel