The natural antioxidants in olive oil help to protect our cells. Olive oil consumption strengthens the immune system against the external effects caused by micro-organisms, bacteria and viruses. Scientific studies show that olive oil is also protective against certain malignant tumours (breast, prostatic, skin, and colon cancers, etc.). The risk of developing breast cancer is observed to be decreasing in women who consume olive oil.
Olive oil covers the stomach with a protective layer and reduces the stomach acid; it helps to prevent gastritis, ulcers and acid reflux. The substances giving rise to gastritis are transferred to the duodenum slowly and in smaller amounts, thus the absorption and digestion of nutrients by the intestines is provided so a stronger feeling of satiety is felt.
Olive oil is also assists the intestines to function in a healthy fashion and absorb nutrients such as calcium, iron, magnesium, enable the pancreas to function effectively. Olive oil is widely recommended in the case of diseases which require stabile pancreatic activity. It significantly reduces the risk of gallstone and spleen stone formation, and it is good for hepatitis and liver pains. Olive oil is effective in the rehabilitation of kidneys, passing of kidney stones, and elimination of liver aches. An olive oil-rich diet helps to prevent and reprieves the development of diabetes. The most significant effect of olive oil on the heart health is that it reduces the amount of LDL, i.e. the “bad cholesterol”, in blood. It also aids the prevention of atherosclerosis by controlling the cholesterol amount in blood.
Olive oil consumption reduces the LDL, namely the bad cholesterol, whereas it may not affect or possibly increase the HDL, the “good cholesterol”, and control blood pressure.
Olive oil is rich in various anti-oxidants (Vitamin E, polyphenols, etc.) which have a biologically positive effect on extending length of life. Also, it destroys free radicals and molecules effective on aging.
Olive oil which contain wide range of antioxidant, notably vitamin E, renews the cells and slows down the aging of tissues and organs
Diets rich in olive oil may prevent loss of memory in healthy elder people. A study revealed that elder people having dietary habits that involve oil containing large amount of monounsaturated fats like olive oil experience lower levels of reduced cognitive functions.
Olive oil helps the mineralization and natural development of bones, also accelerates the strengthening process.
It is observed that olive oil have favourable effects on bone calcification; the more it is consumed the better bone mineralisation is. Olive oil also aids the absorption of calcium; it plays a key role during adolescence and prevention of osteoporosis.
Olive oil is beneficial for skin and hair. It nurtures, protects and softens the skin, strengthens and make hair shine. Also, it prevents against hair loss.
Source: International Olive Oil Council (IOC) Publications
National Olive and Olive Oil Council (UZZK)