The Wonders of Olive Oil
We all know that Olive oil is one of the most commonly used ingredients in almost any kind of cooking along with different types and flavors available to compliment various kinds of dishes. While Olive oil has long been a popular cooking agent, the health benefits that it offers should not be ignored. To name a few, olive oil is said to be effective in reducing the risk of hypertension, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes/ metabolic syndrome, and Alzheimer’s disease. This oil is also said to be helpful in delaying the aging process, resulting to a longer lifespan.
Orally, olive oil is used for cardiovascular disease, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, and diabetes. Olive oil is also used orally for breast cancer, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), migraine headache, firming the breasts, treating bile duct and gallbladder inflammation, gallstones, jaundice, flatulence, and meteorism (swelling of the abdomen due to intestinal or peritoneal gas). It is also used orally for preventing colorectal cancer, as a mild laxative for constipation, and for Roemheld’s syndrome. Some people also use olive oil to boost bacteria in the gut and as a “cleanser” or “purifier.”
Orally, olive leaf is used for treatment of viral, bacterial, and protozoal conditions including influenza, swine flu, the common cold, meningitis, Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV), encephalitis, herpes, shingles, HIV/ARC/AIDS, chronic fatigue, and hepatitis B. Olive leaf is also used for pneumonia; tuberculosis (TB); gonorrhea; malaria; dengue; bacteremia; severe diarrhea; blood poisoning; and infections including dental, ear, urinary tract, and surgical infections. Other uses include hypertension, diabetes, allergic rhinitis, improving renal and digestive function, and as a diuretic and antipyretic.
Orally, water extracts of olive fruit pulp are used for rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
Topically, olive oil is used for softening earwax, ringing ears (tinnitus), pain in the ears, lice, wound dressing, treating minor burns and psoriasis, preventing and treating stretch marks due to pregnancy, and for protecting the skin from ultraviolet (UV) damage after sun exposure.
In foods, olive oil is used as a cooking and salad oil.
In manufacturing, olive oil is used to make soaps, in commercial plasters and ointments, and as a setting-retardant in dental cements.
Olive oil is known to be most effective on:
Olive oil is safe to use when consumed orally and appropriately. Olive oil can be safely consumed as a component of the diet. Several studies have used olive oil totaling 14% of daily calories, or approximately 2 tablespoons (28 grams) daily. There have also been diets containing up to 1 liter of extra-virgin olive oil per week have also been consumed safely for up to 5.8 years. On the other hand, the safety of using olive oil for pregnant women has insufficient reliable information, thus, it is being advised to be avoided in high amounts when pregnant.