One of the best ingredients which you should use is the olive oil. Many years ago the olive oil has beautified the body, cured illness and nourished the body and soul. Homer called olive oil “liquid gold” and Hippocrates christened it “the great healer”.
I must agree with these quotes since according to some researches it has been found that the average oil consumption of every Greek man, woman or child is over 26 liters per capita annually and even more on the island of Create, which can boast with one of the world’s highest average life expectancy. In comparison, the annual average consumption of olive oil in the USA is less than one liter per capita.
So, hurry up, put on your coat and run down to the nearest store to buy a glass of olive oil. But be careful during your selection. Not just any kind of olive oil is the right kind. You should look for extra virgin cold extracted olive oil. Extra virgin olive oil is extracted through natural methods and standardized for purity and certain sensory qualities like smell and taste.
Olive oil that is truly extra virgin has a distinctive, green taste which stings the back of your throat and it brings food to life. Extra virgin olive oil is high in phenolic antioxidants– the main reason why extra virgin olive oil is so beneficial.
Health benefits of extra virgin olive oil
1.Protects your heart
Thanks to the polyphenols, found in the extra virgin olive oil, it can be very beneficial for your health. You can use extra virgin olive oil as a substitute for the oil you normally use for cooking or as a spice in your salad and normalize the cholesterol levels and that way improve your heart’s health. According to some researches those who regularly used olive oil for either cooking or as a dressing had 41 % lower risk of stroke than those who never used olive oil.
2. Protects you from cancer
According to some studies extra virgin olive oil is rich in antioxidants like vitamin E and phenols which can slow the growth of tumors in breast tissue.
3. Strengthens your immune system
Have you been feeling a little tired and sleepy these days? If the answer is yes, your immune system is seeking for some help. In order to keep your immune system strong and healthy you should take a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil in the morning. The antioxidants which the extra virgin olive oil contains will strengthen your immune system and make it more resilient to infections.
4. Reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s
Many studies, including one recently published in the journal Chemical Neuroscience, showed that the substance oleocanthal found in extra virgin olive oil has the potential to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and the cognitive decline that comes with the process of aging. The polyphenols contained in extra virgin olive oil are known to be powerful antioxidants which may help to reverse oxidative damage that occurs in this process.
5. Keeps you young
Are you one of us who are trying to win the race against time? Luckily, now you know how. Take a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil every day and you will have beautiful young skin throughout your whole life. Extra virgin olive oil contains anti-aging properties that help reduce the signs of aging such as wrinkles, age spots and fine lines.
6. Reduces risk of diabetes type 2
A recent Spanish study has shown that a Mediterranean style diet rich in extra virgin olive oil may prevent the appearance of type 2 diabetes by improving blood sugar levels, insulin resistance and blood lipid levels.
7. Cures constipation
If you suffer from a chronic constipation you can help yourself with just one tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil in the morning. If you don’t like the taste of pure olive oil you can add a little lemon juice and drink that on an empty stomach. It is said that the olive oil stimulates the production of digestive enzymes and improves bowel movement. Try it and feel the benefits after a few days.
8. Treats indigestion
Whenever you’re feeling bloated or you have an upset stomach, heartburn, flatulence or any other related symptoms take a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil half hour before your meal and regulate your digestive system.
9. Fights inflammation and pain
According to some scientists from Italy, Spain, the USA and Australia extra virgin olive oil can reduce pain and inflammation due to the nutrients it consists of, such as oleic acid as well as the antioxidant oleocanthal.
10 Promotes weight loss
If you are trying to get rid of a few extra kilograms don’t hesitate to use extra virgin olive oil on a daily basis. Extra virgin olive oil has potential to promote weight loss due to the oxidation in it, which may increase the rate of fat burning.
11. Fights osteoporosis
Osteoporosis is a disease which is characterized by a decrease in bone mass which causes the architecture of bone tissue to become fragile and even the slightest hit or knock can be potentially fatal. Extra virgin olive oil is believed to be a very promising candidate for future treatment of this disease since it affects positively on the thickness of bones.
12. Fights depression
Some Spanish researchers from the University of Navarra and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria said that a diet rich in olive oil can protect you from mental illness.
13. Prevents skin cancer
Surely the sunscreen than you put on your skin can protect you from sunburn or from the negative UVA and UVB rays. However “Going Greek” and using extra virgin olive oil in your diet will assure you that you are doing everything you can to protect your skin from malignant melanoma.
14. Cleans the acne
Many people boasted with their clean faces without acne after using this natural home-made exfoliant. Make a paste by mixing 4 tablespoons salt with 3 tablespoons olive oil. Pour the mixture onto your hands and fingers and work it around your face. Leave it on for a minute or two then rinse it off with warm, soapy water. Use this exfoliant three times a week and show off you clean face. (The salt will cleanse the pores by exfoliation, while the olive oil will restore the skin’s natural moisture.)
15. Aids you during pregnancy
Not only can extra virgin olive oil prevent stretch marks and vaginal tearing during childbirth, regular consumption of it during pregnancy will help you nourish your unborn child and improve its psychomotor reflexes and more.
16. Improves your sex life
Extra virgin olive oil boosts blood circulation through the body, especially to your elusive erogenous zones. Increased blood flow provides more vigorous sexual experience.
You can also use extra virgin olive oil as an essential oil for a massage since it’s very similar to natural lubrication, it’s edible and makes everything glide more sensually. This way you will definitely spruce things up in the bedroom.
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”-Hippocrates