Eating Olive Oil Daily Can Change Your Health & Appearance
I often cook using olive oil for the taste, but I never actually considered the health benefits of it. Did you know that olive oil is good for your hair, skin, and health? Apparently the best kind of olive oil to consume is “extra virgin.” The term "extra virgin" implies that the oil has been extracted from the olives by gentle pressing instead of heat or chemical extraction (this tends to damage healthy olive plants chemicals and oxidizes fat – oxidized fat are very unhealthy!). Studies show that consuming olive oil daily will give you optimal results. The majority of your daily fat calories should come from monounsaturated fats, and olive oil is one of only 4 foods that contain these fats (the others are canola oil, nuts/seeds, and avocados).
What else is there to know about olive oil? Let’s explore!
Benefits of cooking with olive oil:
- Lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease (by lowering LDL “bad” cholesterol, boosting HDL “good” cholesterol, and lowering blood pressure.
- Enhances blood flow and improves circulation.
- May reduce the risk of cancer – cultures that regularly consume large amounts of olive oil, such as Mediterranean countries, have lower rates of cancer, and lab studies have found that plant components in olive oil have specific anti-cancer properties.
- Protects against insulin resistance - Insulin resistance is an epidemic condition that increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, type II diabetes, and obesity.
- May help reduce pain! – Recent studies by the journal “Nature” found that extra virgin olive oil contains olocanthol that can block the same pain pathway as ibuprofen!
- Helps maintain beautiful, radiant age-less skin because is allows for healthy blood blow to the skin while simultaneously minimizing oxidation and inflammation.
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What About The Fat Contained In Olive Oil?
Don’t worry, it’s good for you! If consumed as part of a balanced, calorie-appropriate diet, the monounsaturated fats in olive oil will improve and protect our health. This will make you feel even better: Dr. Ann Kulze says that when you dip your fresh baked bread into a bowl of olive oil (instead of butter), you should feel good because what you’re eating is as healthy as a plate of broccoli!
Ways To Use Olive Oil (other than eating)
It’s a great hair conditioner! It has a pleasant scent and it not a common irritant, so people with sensitive skin can use it. It’s anti-inflammatory properties coat the hair shaft in a uniform way without causing buildup. If you have a sensitive scalp, Dr. Omeed Memar from Northwestern University suggests using diluted olive oil on the scalp after a medicated shampoo, then rinse. It will leave your hair shafts manageable and radiant!
Did you know that olive oil was originally used medically and cosmetically? Olive oil was considered a necessary ingredient to create perfumes, cosmetics, and ointments. Olive oil’s lipid structure is very similar to that of the skin, and so it is easily absorbed with no irritation. In its pure state, olive oil contains large amounts of naturally occurring vitamins and minerals. These act as antioxidants protecting hair and skin from damaging free radicals. Consider using Palmer’s Olive Butter Formula products which contain more extra virgin olive oil than any other skincare brand on the market, along with shea butter and coconut oil. They offer products ranging from lotion and body balms to soap and hair conditioners. We tried the body balm on someone with eczema and extremely dry skin, and found that it took away the itch and began to hydrate the skin. Plus, the smell is so fresh that it’s reason enough to put it on!
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Looking for Olive Oil Supplements?
Olivenol Products provide a holistic approach to inner health and outer beauty. These supplements and topicals deliver the optimum level of these anti-aging polyphenols, helping to fight free radical damage to all organ systems, including the skin, while minimizing the appearance of lines and wrinkles. The result? A radiant, refreshed glow to the skin! The antioxidant polyphenols contained in Olivenol are also easily absorbed through the gastrointestinal system and into the blood stream where they fight the toxic free radicals that can lead to joint and heart inflammation.
Olivenol supplements can be found at various Vitamin Shoppe locations, including all locations in Southern California. And at various online locations including http://www.creagri.com/.
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Special Thanks To:
Dr. Roberto Crea: Founder, President and Chief Scientist of CreAgri, Inc.
Dr. Ann G. Kulze: CEO & Founder Dr. Ann & Just Wellness, LLC, Author: Dr. Ann’s 10-Step Diet, A Simple Plan for Permanent Weight Loss & Lifelong Vitality
Dr. Omeed Memar, M.D.,Ph.D., Director, Northwestern University
Jackie Keller: Founding Director of a top healthy food company, NutriFit, and author of “Body After Baby: The Simple 30-Day Plan to Lose Your Baby Weight”
Article Written By: Amy Jarvis; Amy is a graduate of FIDM in Los Angeles, CA and has recently crossed over from designing into the online world, writing and designing pages for Divavillage.com.