Do your heart &skin a big favour…….Use olive oil instead of butter,margarine or regular oils while cooking &even as a daily snack.
These Mediterrenean tree-plucked fruits have been used from the days of the Egyptians.They are high in heart-healthy monosaturated fats that shrink the risk of atherosclerosis.Add olives&olive oil to your diet to help maintain a healthy heart&lovely skin as they contain vitamins,antioxidants&omega 3 fatty acids.
Add them to your diet : Add olives to salads,dresings,dips, pizzas or simply pop them in your mouth as a delicious snack. Additionally, use extra virgin olive oil as a cooking medium as it has been proven that food cooked in olive oil absorbs less oil&has fewer calories.
Health benefits of Olives:
Free harmful radicals oxidize cholesterol in our blood vessels, this eventually results into the formation of fats in the arteries leading to a heart attack or stroke. Presence of antioxidant nutrients in olives prevent this oxidation of cholesterol, and reduce the chances of severe heart disease. As per experts, consumption of olives in your diet helps to maintain healthy heart as olives are zero cholesterol&contain high amount of healthy monounsaturated fat that act as a helping hand to shrink the risk of atherosclerosis.
2.Prevent cancer and reduces the growth of carcinogenic cells:
Olives are rich in vitamin E that acts against free radicals,thus helping to prevent cancer and reduces the growth of carcinogenic cells. As per research, olive is referred as one of the most popular vegetables to prevent cancer.
3.For Healthy skin:
Olives are rich in antioxidants and fatty acids that hydrate, protect and nourish your skin. Olive also contains high concentrations of vitamin E&Omega 3 that helps in providing natural skin glow. As per various research, consumption of vitamin E helps to protect skin from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet radiation, thus forming a shield against premature aging and skin cancer. Massaging daily with a few drops of olive oil will give you a glowing and healthy skin complexion.Any wonder that olive oil is traditionally used for babies as a massage oil &trusted by mothers worldwide!!
4.Reduces dandruff,hairfall&gives soft silky hair:
The anti oxidant properties of olive oil along with vitamin E aids good hair growth and ensures soft&smooth hair,if applied regularly.Weekly massage with warm olive oil reduces dandruff.
5.Reduces acne -Anti-inflammatory &Antibacterial properties:
The monounsaturated fats, polyphenols and vitamin C in olives helps to neutralize the free radicals thus reducing inflammation.
Use a mixture of castor oil & olive oil to massage &deep cleanse your face.Then use warm water or a washcloth dipped in warm water to wipe it off. Olive oil( extra virgin) has been proven to be good for acne-prone skin. Firstly, olive oil contains natural anti-oxidants and vitamins and acts as an anti-inflammatory agent. Secondly, olive oil also acts as a moisturizer, so it prevents the dry flaking that leads to acne breakouts.
Suggested blends depending on your type of skin:
Oily Skin: Try a blend of 30% Castor Oil to 70% Olive Oil.
Balanced Skin: Try a blend of 20% Castor Oil to 80% Olive Oil.
Dry Skin: Try a blend of 10% Castor Oil to 90% Olive Oil.
6.Reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s disease&senility:
Food rich in omega 3 fatty acids like olives,reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease -research reported by Dr Gary Small,Longevity centre,Los Angeles.Scientists have also found that extra virgin olive oil contains a biologically active substance oleocanthal ,which changes the structure of the neurotoxic proteins which contribute to Alzheimer’s disease.
Olives are easily digested by our stomach and prevents constipation. It also helps to protect the stomach from gastritis and ulcers.Olive oil increases the secretion of pancreatic hormones and bile thus ensuring healthy digestive track and reduces the chance of gallstone formation.
8.Reduces cholesterol levels:
Olives are zero cholesterol&hence good for the heart. Studies have shown that consumption of olives reduces harmful LDL cholesterol level,and have an anti-inflammatory, antihypertensive, antithrombotic as well as vasodilatory effects in humans and animals.Foods cooked in olive oil absorb less oil,taste better&have lesser calories.So you can enjoy your food,without guilt!!
9.Helps to cure anaemia :
Olives are very high in iron content. This iron content helps in the formation of red blood cell which acts as an oxygen carrier &helps to boost up the immune system as well.
Regular consumption of a tablespoonful of extravirgin olive oil or olives daily has been found to increase longevity,improve memory,retard effects of ageing&reduce the risk of heart attacks,skin cancer&Alzheimer’s disease.Do ensure that you use extra virgin oil &olives in your diet for optimum benefits .Let’s make the most of these natural , ready to eat culinary delights-a gift from nature….!!