Almost every human is wary of fats and oils in food. However, Olive oil is one of the less controversial oils. Originally grown in the Mediterranean, the oil is gotten from freshly pressed olive fruits.
Olive oil is also grown in Africa, with Tunisia topping the market. Regardless of where it’s grown, Olive oil is largely consumed in Africa.
This wonder oil can be used for cooking, or applied on skin and hair. So what are the amazing benefits of this popular oil ?
1. Weight Loss
With 0 cholesterol this oil is a big arsenal for weight loss. According to Leandro Ravetti, Chief Oil Maker of the award-winning Cobram Estate Extra Virgin Olive Oils, a diet rich in extra virgin olive oil may deliver greater and longer lasting weight loss results than a low-fat diet.
2. Diabetes Battle
Consumption of olive oil has been widely known to prevent diabetes. Many studies have now shown that an olive oil-rich diet prevents diabetes, as it reduces glucose levels, LDL cholesterol (bad) and triglyceride levels in blood.
3. Pain Reliever
The oleocanthal present in the oil acts as a pain reliever. Although scientists still recommend taking pain-relieveing drugs since they are faster, a dose of olive oil could always come in handy in emergency cases.
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The wonder oil contains polyphenols, powerful antioxidants that may help prevent age-related diseases. It also protects the skin and is known to slow down malignant-melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer.
5. Mental Health
The powerful antioxidants present in olive oil help to reverse mental health deficits, such as Alzheimers, depression and so on. The monounsaturated fat present in it also helps prevent or slow down the cognitive decline.
6. Heart Safety
While most vegetable oils are risky and pose a danger to the heart, Olive oil is exempted from the bad list. More research has shown to prove that people who fry their foods with this oil are less prone to heart failures or diseases.
7. Healthy Skin
Good for combating skin dryness and a host of other skin problems such as excess oil, stretch marks and even skin irritation. To optimize the benefits of olive oil for skin, some health practitioners advise combining it with honey. It can otherwise be consumed on its own or added to a daily diet.
8. Dandruff and Itchy Scalp
Adding olive oil to your hair regimen is good for combating conventional hair problems. By massaging it to your scalp, it improves blood circulation and in the long run, increases hair growth.
Olive oil is particularly good for the African natural hair. When combined with honey or a hair conditioner, it infuses moisture into the hair. Also its Vitamin E content is sure for improving the health of your hair. It’s of little wonder that most commercial beauty products use Olive oil.
10. Long Life
With the above mentioned benefits it should not come as a shock that olive oil does increase life span. Its anti-inflamatory, anti-oxidant content does help solve a myriad of health problems hence the increased life span.