By Ana Margarita Olar| GetHealthAccess.com
While it is true that olive oil is a lot more expensive than our traditional cooking oil, the health benefits you can get from it is a lot more than what you pay for it. Here is a list of some health reasons to choose olive oil for your cuisine or for your beauty regimen:
- Boosts all over physical health
Skin Health- Olive oil may be used as a moisturizer on your face and body, it contains different antioxidants which help fight off the free radicals that can cause aging and skin damage.
Cardiovascular health- Olive oil contains oleic acid, a kind of monosaturated, omega-9 fatty acid. In a study, this kind of fat decrease a person’s total blood cholesterol, LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol). Also, researchers believe that an ample amount of oleic acid gets absorbed by the body signals the cell membranes of the blood vessels and reduces blood pressure.
Weight loss- Consuming and smelling food with olive oil signals the brain associated with fat consumption so you will feel full even though the amount of food intake is low. Olive oil is also good for digestive health as it helps repel certain kinds of bacteria and viruses.
Sexual Health- this is linked to the cardiovascular benefits of olive oil. Due to the fact that it enhances good blood circulation, it increases bold supply to erogenous zones, thereby increasing libido. In men, olive oil also facilitates the conversion of cholesterol into testosterone.
- Protects the body against certain diseases
Strengthens the immune system-Because it is loaded with antioxidants, olive oil helps you become more resistant to infection by boosting your immune system.
Cancer prevention- Due to its oleic acid content, and several bioactive compounds, olive oil can help prevent the growth of tumors on certain parts of the body such as: breasts, respiratory tract, and upper and lower digestive tract.
Osteoporosis- A high consumption of olive oil appears to improve bone mineralization and calcification. It helps calcium absorption and in turn prevents the onset of Osteoporosis.
Relieves pain- Olive oil contains a substance called oleocanthal which has an anti-inflammatory effect.
- Has therapeutic effect on certain diseases
Diabetes-Because olive oil is a monosaturated fat, it is associated with by improving blood sugar levels, insulin resistance and blood lipid levels.
Alzheimer’s- Olive oil contains oleocanthal which shows a potential to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. It also contains polyphenols, an antioxidant that may help reverse oxidative damage brought about by aging process.