Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Health Benefits of Olives

Olives are one of the oldest foods known to man. They are valued as a symbol of peace and happiness and are used as a food and a source of oil.
Health benefits of olives and olive oil
  • Surely, olives offer a host of health benefits. They are rich in iron, vitamin E and copper. They are an excellent source of fiber and also have some fat that is a healthy monounsaturated variety.
  • Olives are found to reduce atherosclerosis risks. They helps in the prevention of the frequency and intensity of hot flashes in women going through menopause.
  • It is no surprise that olive oil has become popular. It helps lower blood cholesterol levels which lead to heart disease. They are also rich in antioxidants.
  • Recent studies indicate that regular intake of olive oil can help decrease both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Olive has shown to help reduce levels of obesity although they are having high calories. Bone mineralization and calcification are improved in high consumption of olive oil. It helps calcium absorption.
  • It also plays an important role in aiding the ones who suffer and also prevents the onset of Osteoporosis. Olive oil supplementation proved to be beneficial.
  • They were found to attenuate these changes and to possibly affect the thickness of bones. Individuals who consume olive oil daily may be able to protect themselves from stroke. A diet rich in olive oil can protect from mental illness.
  • Malignant melanoma, one of the most dangerous types of skin cancer may be slowed down with consumption of olive oil.
  • Olives contain a compound called oleocanthal that shows to have a strong anti inflammatory properties. They naturally reduce the pain of chronic inflammatory diseases such as arthritis.
  • They can be added to one’s daily diet to aid in pain reduction. Eating olives will also help to boost your iron intake for your body to build enzymes that are responsible for regulating immune functions.

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