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Monday, October 11, 2010

Benefits of OLIVE OIL

Although the olive tree originated in Asia, it has been cultivated for over 3,000 year in Mediterranean countries, where much of the olive crop is used to make olive oil. In this process, olives are pitted and ground to a thick pulp. The pulp is then pressed to remove the juices, which are placed in a centrifuge to separate the water from the oil. Nutritionally, olive oil contains 120 calories and 14 grams of fat per tablespoon; however, the fat is mostly monounsaturated, which has a beneficial effect on blood cholesterol levels and is easily digested. In countries where olive oil plays an important role in diets, such as Greece, Italy, Spain, there is low incidence of cardiovascular diseases. The mild vegetable mucilage in olive oil also protect the body’s digestive tract. Ancient civilization used olive oil, well-to help heal wounds. Today olive oil is prized as a moisturizer and skin remedy.

Therapeutic Effect: Taken internally, olive oil stimulates metabolism, promotes digestion and lubricates mucous membranes. It can also be applied externally to treat dry skin.

· Components

Olive oil contains 77 percent monounsaturated fatty acids, 14 percent saturated fatty acids and 9 percent poly unsaturated fatty acids, plus vegetable mucilage and vitamin E.

· Help for the digestive tract

Take 1 tbsp of olive oil on an empty stomach to stimulate digestion and relieve upset stomach, flatulence and heartburn.

The vitamin E in olive oil is an anti oxidant. In addition, monounsaturated fatty acids are less easily damaged by oxygen than other types fat. They are therefore less likely to produce free radicals, which damage cell membranes and contribute to several diseases.

· Prevent hair loss

Massage your scalp with olive oil every evening for eight days. Let the treatment work over night wash in the morning.

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