There are many olive benefits. The fruit, oil and leaves of the olive tree are used for their health benefits. The olive is rich in antioxidants. It neutralises free radical in the bloodstream. Olive oil not only reduces heart disease but also gastrointestinal disorders. Olive oil lowers blood pressure. Olive oil helps in digestion and liver functions. Olive oil is said to stabilise glucose and is helpful in fighting diabetes.
You can see the olive benefits in the ability to cure diarrhoea, fight infection and stop a bad cough as well as relieve a sore throat. Olive oil cleanses the liver and helps reduce the risk of heart disease (since olive oil has blood clotting abilities, it reduces the risk of heart attacks). Olive oil also lowers blood pressure. Olive oil reduces the risk of cancer due to its powerful antioxidants. Simply taking a spoonful of olive oil a day can reduce the risk of developing breast cancer. The olive leaf has been shown to be effective in fighting against viruses and infections. The olive leaf also appears to provide healing effects.
As far as olive oil for skin and hair goes, olive oil has long been considered a beauty oil. For the skin, olive oil softens and moisturises. Olive oil may be used to cleanse and heal wounds, applied to burned skin and is effective in keeping the skin supple and moisturised. For the hair, olive oil also softens, conditions and adds shine.
As more and more research is being done on the olive and its components, the list of olive benefits continues to add up. No wonder this is such a magical fruit!
You may be wondering about the olives nutritional makeup. For 1 tablespoon of olive oil, it has 119 calories and 13.5 gms of fat. Even though the fat content is high, it is all good mono- unsaturated fats that our bodies need and you would most likely be using it in moderation anyway, right? The olive also contains Vitamins A, D, E and K. And since olives have been known to help in weight loss, what is not to love??