What are the benefits of olive oil:
Olive oil seems to have taken the ‘health’ world by a storm. This oil is apt for cooking and is considered as a healthy choice as compared to the many different oils available in the market. This oil is the fat got from crushing olives. This oil is favored for all the pastas and salads. Before you are convinced to switch over to olive oil it is important to get a clear understanding of the many benefits offered. This oil has been used in medicine, cosmetics and soap besides being used for cooking.
- Frying with Olive Oil:
Those who consume fried foods in olive oil have less risk of cardiovascular diseases or premature death. Frying in this oil is ensuring that no nutrients are lost from the food. Studies have proved that these foods which are fried in olive oil are healthier as the phenols are transferred from the olive oil to the foods.
- Olive Oil and Monounsaturated Fats:
Olive oil has the perfect combination of saturated fats, polyunsaturated fats and a large content of monounsaturated fats. This is termed as oleic acid and makes up to nearly 73% of the oil content in total. This oleic acid is required for reducing the inflammation and has a positive effect on the cancer genes. Monounsaturated fats are highly resistant to high heat.
- Apt for Dry Skin:
An olive oil massage is apt for that dry skin, especially during the harsh winter months. This oil has the ability to nourish the skin thoroughly as is can seep into the skin.
- Prevention of Stroke:
Any disturbance in the flow of blood to the brain, due to bleeding or a blood clot, can lead to a stroke. The monounsaturated fats in olive oil can eliminate this risk of a stroke.
- A Safe Fat:
Consuming fats in excess can lead to obesity and weight gain. Studies have proved that a diet which is rich in olive oil can spare you from this risk.
- Apt for Digestion:
This olive oil is known to stimulate the digestive tract and the food can move in the colon in a smooth manner. This is due to the fact that this oil is rich in the monounsaturated fats. This oil can also relieve constipation as it speeds up the movement of the bowel. A teaspoon of lime juice with a teaspoon of olive oil is one known home remedy for constipation.
- Help in Depression:
With the consumption of olive oil the level of the happy hormone (serotonin) tends to increase in the brain. Most chemical anti-depressants aim at an increase in the serotonin.
- Reduces signs of Aging and Wrinkles:
Skin rejuvenation is easy with a pack made of 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of olive oil and a pinch of salt. All you need to do is massage your face with this at least three times in a week.
Besides the benefits listed above, Olive oil is also beneficial for rheumatoid arthritis, Type 2 Diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease.