With heart disease being the #1 cause of death in our country and cancer not far behind it is wise to take note of the differences in our diets in comparison to those countries who have far less incidences.
The people in countries consuming the Mediterranean diet are noted for lower heart disease and cancer death rates. A staple in the Mediterranean diet is olive oil.
Olive oil has been used for centuries with a track record that deserves recognition. The monosaturated fat found in olive oil can help control insulin and lower cholesterol. It also helps keep the arteries clear so the heart can receive oxygen and nutrients.
Polyphenols a type of antioxidant found in olive oil helps protects your cells from damage. Free radical damage is linked to increase risk of disease. Olive oil is known as a heart healthy food.
The use of olive oil is said to improve the function of the lining of the blood vessels. It is contributed to lowering blood pressure as well as preventing harmful blood clotting.
Olive oil is also a good diuretic and can help rid the body of kidney stones. It is good for intestinal inflammation and distress.
In addition to the amazing benefits for better health olive oil is a beauty secret for many. Sophia Lauren swears by an olive oil bath for the skin. It can be used topically for skin conditions.
I have even heard of warming and using it as a rub for pain relief. It makes a wonderful treatment for dry hair and scalp. You can use it for natural beauty products mixing with beeswax for chapstick.
Simple ways to add olive oil to your daily routine.
1. make a salad dressing (mix olive oil and raw apple cider vinegar, sea salt and lemon)
2. Substitute on veggies in place of butter
3. Use olive oil, oregano, pepper for a dipping oil or on pasta
4. put on pizza or any dish for adding flavor and nutrients
When buying olive oil make sure that you purchase extra virgin oil in a dark glass bottle protecting it from light. This way you have pure oil from the olives and all the health benefits.
My great grandfather was Greek and I saw him benefit from the every day use of olive oil. He had no heart disease, he had great skin, and lived to be 89.
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