Olive Oil

Olive Oil

What is Olive Oil?

Is a fat obtained from the fruit Olea europaea (olive tree)? Traditionally olive tree originates from the Mediterranean region. Olive oil has broad applications in cosmetic and medical industries; also used in cooking, and manufacture of soaps.

Precaution

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of using olive oil products if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Do not use amounts greater than the amount commonly found in foods. Diabetes: Olive oil might lower blood sugar. People with diabetes should check their blood sugar when using the oil. Surgery: Olive oil might affect blood sugar. Using the oil might affect blood sugar control during and after surgery. Stop taking it 2 weeks before surgery.

Benefits

Eases Cardiovascular System

Studies done in various countries in the Mediterranean region demonstrate that if you take the oil, you have increased chances of not conducting cardiovascular infections. Olive oil intake also seems to aid in the reduction of inflammation, endothelial dysfunction (problems with the inner linings of blood vessels), thrombosis, and carbohydrate metabolism.

Cures Stroke

Researchers done in France on olive oil suggested that if you are an aged person; they never miss an olive. Olive oil has been proved to reduce the chances of getting a stroke in; people who frequently took the oil had a less risk (41%) of getting stroke compared to the nonusers.

Cures Cancer

Taking of this oil if you are a breast cancer patient means you have increased your life expectancy. Olive oil reduces the activity of a particular gene in your body that prevents DNA damage, encourages cell death and triggers some chemical process changes in your body.

Reduces Cholesterol Levels

When your body contains high levels of bad cholesterol, you are at risk of getting a cardiovascular disease. Consumption of olive oil helps decrease bad cholesterol in your body; while increasing good cholesterol ideal for the health of your body.

Solves Neurodegenerative disease

Troubled with Alzheimer’s disease? Take olive oil; this oil contains a chemical compound that increases the release of two essential proteins in your body which will help in the removal of the precursor of this disease from your brain.

Keeps the Liver healthy

Your liver is an essential organ of the body; it helps in a variety of functions including the elimination of toxic chemicals from your body system. Research conducted on mice showed that when a mouse is a feed with a poisonous herb; then given an olive oil, the toxicity of the herb on the liver cells reduced partially.

Perks up Sex Life

Olive oil is an excellent aphrodisiac.  A proper massage with it enhances your blood circulation to all parts of the body, including the sex organs.

Helps Eliminate Kidney Stones

Its consumption can also help you to dissolve kidney stones; hence have a fully working kidney though mechanism of action is unknown

Relieves Constipation

Olive oil has plenty of monounsaturated fats; which helps in increasing movement of food in your colon without any problem. It also helps in speeding up bowel evacuation and prevents constipation. This oil is rich in vitamins E and K, iron, omega-3 and six fatty acids. These nutrients improve your overall health, including the digestive tract, and help prevent constipation as well.

Treats Depression

The good thing about it is it treats depression. Olive oil increases the levels of serotonin in your body; this, it has been found, is similar to the effect of some antidepressants

Improves Nail Health

Taking this oil provides your body with vitamin E, the vitamin in the oil can enhance the appearance of nails affected by an ailment.

Side Effects

Olive oil leads to allergic reactions in certain people. When you are allergic to the oil, and then you apply it your skin, the immune system sets off to attack it; this causes the body to produce antibodies, resulting in typical food allergy symptoms.  Also since olive oil is rich in calories when you over consume you expose yourself to the risk of heart diseases. If you are diabetic and going through a scheduled medication, consult your doctor before using oil. This oil may react with the medicines and cause a further drop in your sugar levels, which can be fatal.