Health And Beauty Benefits Of Olive Oil
Olive Oil and especially extra virgin oil is a valuable ingredient in our daily diet offering us a large number of health and beauty benefits. Its cosmetic uses are also widely known, making its topical use great for a number of skin care purposes.
Scientists say that Mediterranean people are blessed since their diet is based on vegetables, fruits, olives, legumes, fish, red wine and especially olive oil which is considered to be one of the best in the world because it provides longevity and health.
Olive oil, and even the extra virgin oil, is rich in monounsaturated fats and polyphenols which fight and prevent aging diseases such as heart disease and high blood pressure.
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Olive Oil Properties / Ingredients
The main ingredients of olive oil that are beneficial to the health include:
– Polyphenols: They are powerful antioxidants that offer effective protection against photo-aging and free radicals. The main polyphenols are oleuropein and squalene.
– Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids such as oleic, linoleic and linolenic acid.
– Vitamin E: It is a strong antioxidant that prevents aging of tissues, protects against the sun and softens the skin.
– Vitamin K: Protects against aging.
Health Benefits Of Olive Oil
One natural way to reduce the chances of stroke is to add raw olive oil to your diet. Several studies suggest that regular consumption of extra virgin olive oil reduces the chances of stroke.
Strengthens the Heart
Research has shown that the consumption of olive oil and especially the extra virgin, prevents thrombosis and contributes significantly to the reduction of cardiovascular disease due to the monounsaturated fatty acids that are contained in olive oil.
Increases Good Cholesterol
Another reason for olive oil improving the function of the cardiovascular system is because it reduces bad cholesterol, which clogs the arteries, as well as boosts your good cholesterol.
Protects against cancer
Olive oil belongs to those natural foods that help prevent cancer. Its antioxidant elements inhibit the growth and proliferation of cancer cells. The Oleic acid, a monounsaturated fatty acid in olive oil, seems to delay the progress of cancer and it also reduces the chances of breast cancer.
It Prevents Diabetes
High glucose levels cause oxidative stress in the body and glycosylation, a chemical process that ages the tissues. The rich antioxidant content of olive oil reduces oxidation damage, normalizes insulin action and fights diabetes by lowering blood sugar levels.
Improves Brain Function
Recent research findings show that olive oil helps to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease because it protects the brain’s tissues from toxic proteins such as beta amyloid and neurofibrillary complexes, substances that are believed to be responsible for this disease.
Researches have shown that food affects mood. The Mediterranean diet that is rich in olive oil has proven to improve people´s mood.
Good quality olive oil helps lubricate the digestive tract and better break down food in the stomach because it promotes more secretion of bile. It also soothes the symptoms of gastritis and ulcer.
Helps Reduce the Impact of Alcohol
A spoonful of olive oil, after heavy drinking, restores sobriety and calms the stomach, relieving the discomfort caused by excessive alcohol consumption. Of course, the best solution for avoiding intoxication and unpleasant after-effects is controlled alcohol consumption together with food.
Improves Intestinal Mobility
Research has shown that the Mediterranean diet that is rich in olive oil improves intestinal motility, fights constipation and prevents the accumulation of fat in the liver.
Beauty Benefits Of Olive Oil
Softens and Smooths the Skin
Olive Oil can be used as a natural conditioner for hair and is beneficial for dehydrated, damaged and frizzy hair. The lipids and the vitamin E, which olive oil contains, nourish and smooth the hair, helping it detangle and not break. By applying it directly to your hair edges, you prevent split ends. Also, olive oil adds glow to the hair and it is often used to naturally treat alopecia or hair loss.
Olive Oil is a good way to naturally remove makeup, cleanse the pores and strengthen the skin to fight inflammation due to its antibacterial properties.
Fights Dry Skin and Dry Scalp
Olive oil fights dry skin and restores the normal pH levels of the scalp as it contains omega 3 fatty acids, vitamins A, K as well as iron. Also, its antioxidants protect the hair and scalp against environmental damage.
Hair Treatment with Olive Oil: Massage 10 drops of lukewarm olive oil into the scalp and leave it on for as long as possible before you have your bath. Ideally, you can cover the head with a cap at night and sleep till you shampoo your hair the next morning. If you follow this treatment once a week for a month, the results will surprise you. For a faster treatment, you can also use a good natural shampoo with olive oil.
Strengthens brittle nails
Pour 5 teaspoons of lukewarm olive oil in a bowl and put your fingertips in. Wait for 10 minutes and then wipe them and lightly massage the oil around the nails area. Let the oil absorb before washing your hands with soap. This natural treatment is good for both your nails and cuticles.
Moisturizes the skin
Olive oil deeply nourishes the skin, protects against premature skin aging and smoothes wrinkles. That is why it is found in many cosmetic and DIY beauty recipes today.
Heals Dry Chapped Hands
The Vitamin E and the squalene that are contained in olive oil are two excellent regenerating and moisturizing ingredients that restore the health of dry chapped hands.
DIY Recipe for Dry Hands with Olive Oil: You will need 7 teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil, 7 teaspoons of calendula oil and 10 drops of organic lavender essential oil. Pour the ingredients into a spray bottle and shake. Spray on your hands and gentle massage into the skin. You can use this treatment as often as you want. Just remember to shake the bottle each time before using the oil.
Makes an Excellent Makeup Remover
You may think that olive oil will make oily skin even greasier, but the exact opposite is true. Olive oil sticks to the dirt and sebum of the epidermis and as we rinse our face or clean it with a cotton pad, these elements get removed. Olive oil even removes waterproof mascara and it is non-comedogenic, meaning that it does not clog pores and does not trigger the appearance of pimples.
Makes Shaving Easier
A few drops of olive oil, instead of using a shaving foam or a shaving soap will make your razor slide better onto the skin and therefore shaving will become easier, but it will also prevent skin irritation and make skin look hydrated and healthy.
All in all, Olive Oil is a valuable natural ingredient with a lot of benefits for our health and beauty. Good quality extra virgin olive oil may not be so cheap in countries that it is imported, nevertheless it is a lot cheaper than other natural treatments for skin and hair. In countries that olive oil is produced, extra virgin oil is cheap but surely more expensive than some other vegetable oils such as safflower oil or others.