I'm reading a new book by Cal Orey titled "The Healing Powers of Olive Oil". The basic premise is that olive oil is not just delicious, it is good medicine! Olive oil has been coined as "Nature's Liquid Gold"!
Olive oil is the key ingredient to the Mediterranean Diet (#1 diet in 2019 and 2020) and promoted by most medical professionals!
The art of using olive oil for mind, body and spirit goes back 6,000 years. Hippocrates, "the father of medicine," used olive oil in over 60 healing remedies.
New research confirms that olive oil can help lower the risk of heart disease, cancer and type 2 diabetes, and it can stall age-related diseases. Experts believe olive oil helps fight body fat and keeps blood pressure down. It also is known to help relieve cold symptoms and maintain healthy skin.
Important properties that are proven in new research include polyphenols, the anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatories that are also present in tea and red wine. These properties are solely responsible for fighting free radicals that build up in our body and cause disease states to form. One of the most powerful polyphenols present in high quality olive oil is "Oleocanthal", known in the medical community as a super power!
Other Anti-oxidants present in olive oil are:
Vitamin E - strengthen immune response and reduce risk of heart disease and certain cancers.
Essential Fatty Acids - balance of Omega - 3s and Omega - 6s that stave off heart disease, obesity and diabetes.
Phytoestrogens: help beat bone loss and minimize symptoms of menopause
Sterols: substances that counter the intestinal absorption of cholesterol in foods.
Olive oil can combat fatigue, infections and insomnia...and help you fight weight issues and shape up!