Olive Oil – the Elixir to a Longer and Healthier Life

Have you ever wondered why olive oils are so popular lately? No, it ain't just because of Popeye (photo credit from thedailygreen.com)

Jeanne Louise Calment from France lived a total of 122 years and 164 days (1875–1997), the oldest verified age of any human being ever. She took up fencing at the age of 85 and rode her bicycle up until the age of 100, and was believed to be in good health until she died. Jeanne put her good health down to olive oil, which she used on her food as well as rubbing it into her skin, although she was also known for her active lifestyle and her unflappable  nature.

This puts olive oil into a much better light. Olive oil, who used to be just popular  among the health conscious and kitchen buffs, is now becoming a staple in all kitchens and almost everyone.

Have you ever wondered why olive oils are so popular lately? No, it ain’t just because of Popeye (photo credit from thedailygreen.com)

Olive oil is healthy because of its high contents of monounsaturated fatty acids and antioxidants. No other naturally produced oil has as large an amount of monounsaturated fats (mainly oleic acid) as olive oil has. Olive oil has been known to boost our bodies’s immune system which in turn protect us from various viruses and diseases such as different types of cancer, stroke, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, alzheimer’s,  and gall stone formation.

It is also rich of vitamins E, K, and A, polyphenols, squalene, oleocanthol, triterpenes and hundreds more micronutrients  that makes olive oil a very healthy choice.

What makes it different from other oils? Freshly pressed from the olive fruit, it is the only vegetable oil that can be consumed as it is, without going through any chemical processes. There is no heat or chemicals used in the extraction process.  The less the olive oil is handled, the closer to its natural state, the better the oil.

When taken orally, it is very well tolerated by the stomach and is known to calm the stomach from the effects of ulcer and gastritis. It activates the secretion of bile and pancreatic hormones much more naturally than prescribed medications.

Aside from these multiple benefits of olive oil, did you know that it  can also:

be used as a skin moisturizer?  Applying olive oil as moisturizer is as good as consuming olives  and olive oil.  Linoleic acid,  which makes up most of its monounsaturated fats contents, is a compound that retains moisture and prevents water from evaporating. Olive oil also contains at least four different antioxidants which help neutralize  damage from free radicals that can cause skin aging.  Olive oil can also soothe chapped lips and cuticle softeners.

Olive oil can also be used as an aftershave. Rub in an extra teaspoon of olive oil after rinsing off. After all, some after sahve products are based on olive oil.

It is also antifrizz and mane tamer . Olive oil is good for dry and frizzy hair especially in winter and humid days. Keep your hair wrapped in a shower cap for about half an hour and shampoo after. You’re sure to have relaxed and destressed tresses after. Or you can use it as leave-on conditioner.

Olive oil can also to ease snoring because it can lubricate and relax the throat muscles. Take a teaspoon everyday to avoid having scratchy, sore throats.

Some also attest to using olive oil as a natural remedy for earaches. Very carefully use a cotton swab to apply olive oil to the outside ear cavity to help with earaches and excess wax. Some have also swear by heating up some olive oil in a microwave for 30 seconds and applying it an aching ear  for relief.

To enjoy the many benefits of olive oil, it is recommended to take at least two tablespoons each day, and start counting to a longer and healthier life.

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