Health & Wellness
✓the medicinal properties of olive oil and historical importance as a nutrient source of health were studied
✓science of the olive oil production was discovered
✓the first legislation protecting the olive oil producers was introduced
✓more than 60 medicinal uses of olive oil were reported in the Hippocratic Corpus
✓vitamins (A, B1, B2, C, D, E and K)
✓monounsaturated fatty acids
✓lower blood pressure
✓healthy brain function
✓normal aging process
✓efficient function of the stomach and the intestine
✓glossy arteries growth
✓healthy development of newborns
✓protection of the human body from sunlight
✓boost of metabolism
✓If you drink olive oil before meals, you protect your stomach from ulcers.
✓If you drink one to two tablespoons with lemon or coffee, you prevent constipation without causing intestinal discomfort.
Olive oil is a pure fruit juice rich in valuable nutrients, such as vitamins (A, B1, B2, C, D, E and K), microminerals (iron), dietary fiber and minerals and high in monounsaturated fatty acids, which are called the “good” fats.
Since ancient times, olive oil was the subject of continuous study by the ancient Greek philosophers, such as Dioscorides, Anaxagoras and Empedocles, for its medicinal properties and its historical importance as a nutritional source of health. As for Aristotle, he discovered the science of olive oil production, while Solon introduced the first legislation protecting olive oil producers, according to which it was forbidden to cut more than two trees a year from the Athenian olive groves. In fact, more than 60 medicinal uses of olive oil are mentioned in the Hippocratic Corpus.
Up to this day, the scientific community conducts research on several the beneficial components of olive oil. Modern studies show that consumption of extra virgin olive oil contributes to the following advantages:
✓It lowers blood pressure and may prevent hypertension, due to the reduced level of bad cholesterol. This is interpreted by the fact that olive oil is rich in polyphenols and antioxidants, elements which help arteries to dilate, thus reducing blood pressure.
✓It contributes to the increase of good cholesterol correspondingly.
✓It is considered as a stimulant and benefits people suffering from heart disease.
✓It contributes to healthy brain function and good bone health, especially for children; it assists in absorption of calcium.
✓Thanks to its content of vitamin E, olive oil enhances the normal aging process and thereby makes it necessary for the elderly.
✓It is considered as a balsam for the stomach, since it strengthens the digestive system and reduces the risk of developing stomach ulcers and gastritis. Laxative properties are included, improving bowel function.
✓It protects the body from sunlight and soothes pain from insect bites by reducing gastric juices.
✓It is a valuable and necessary complement to breast milk. Its content in acids contributes to the proper development of newborns.
✓Precious fatty acids of olive oil are incorporated in body cells, making arteries sleeker and the skin smoother.
✓Finally, it enhances the function of the metabolism leading to the prevention and the control of obesity. It is an essential complement to those suffering from diabetes, since it balances the sugar.