Today you are going to see some surprising facts about olive oils. Most of the people think, that these oils are expensive compared to other cooking oils. Guess what? they are wrong. In addition, it is beneficial in lot of ways to prevent many diseases caused by chronic inflammation.
You may think that Alright, Dude! But we are healthy. We won’t be needing such oil. Let me assure you that after you read this you won’t think the same. Infact, the expense you spend will be the same as what we pay for other cooking oils, Unbelievable right! let us see how:)
What Is Olive Oil?
It is made from olive fruit extracts which are graded into three as :
- extra virgin.
There is also olive pomade oil which is also known as the leftover oil that is extracted from the leftover using chemical solvents, during centrifugation process in the making of the regular olive oils. They are cheaper than the regular ones.
Extra virgin olive oil (pure) is the most beneficial one which are very rich in phenol antioxidants.
1. Pain Relief
Olive oil contains 14% of saturated fat and 11% of polyunsaturated fat( omega – 6 and omega – 3 ) and 73% of monounsaturated fat ( oleic acid). Oleic acid reduces inflammatory markers like C- reactive protein and avoid chronic inflammation.
The anti- inflammatory effect of the oil shows 10% as effective as Ibuprofen ,an anti inflammatory drug used by adults for pain relief. It is also helpful to prevent and repair liver damage.
2. Weight Loss and Cholesterol Control
This is the only oil that helps us to reduce weight when you can still feed on your favorite snacks:)
Also, to kill those bad cholesterol with its wonderful contents!! In addition, it can built up good cholesterol as well.
On the other hand, this oil contain biologically active antioxidants like oleocanthral (anti- inflammatory) and oleuropein, a substance that prevent oxidation of Low density lipid (bad) cholesterol.
3. Healthy Skin- Shine With Olive Oil
These oil contain modest amount of vitamin K and E, hence it serves as a great moisturizer to avoid dry skin and have a glowing shine naturally. It improves skin texture and has anti-aging power which reduces the formation of wrinkles.
The high antioxidants and vitamins in the oil can, not only help to fade scars but also can regenerate healthy skin cells. It also promotes healthy hair and moisturizes the scalp. It avoid bacterial infections and provides good circulation.
4.Bye! Bye ..Cardiovascular Disease
Cardiovascular disease such as heart disease and stroke are prevented when we add olive oil in our daily food.
Moreover, some research proves that Mediterranean diets which are widely in usage of olive oil can reduced risk of heart diseases. It also helps to reduce blood pressure thus improving the health of heart.
5. Healthy Nail
To all those people who love to treat their nail with great care. Do you worry sometimes that your nails are brittle and your cuticles peel easy? Here is your remedy, dab a cotton ball on the olive oil and apply it on and around your nail.
6.Reduce Cancer Risk With Olive Oil
Above all, the High antioxidants in the oil can reduce the free radicals in our body. The built up of free radicals may cause oxidative stress. This can further lead to cell damage that may increase the risk of certain types of cancers likebreast cancer, colorectal cancer.
7. Say No! To Constipation
This oil relieves constipation by improving the process of digestion in stomach. It fasten the mobility of food through colon thus speeding up the bowel movement.
Note : Taking a mixture of 1 teaspoon of olive oil along with 1 teaspoon of lemon extract can help to relieve constipation.
8. Olive Oil Improves Mental Health
It can help treat depression to a certain level, as it can cause the brain to release serotonin ( also known as happiness hormone) which is also released when we take an antidepressant drug.
In addition he presence of omega -3 and omega – 6 fatty acids can improve memory of the brain and may help to prevent Alzheimer’s disease .
9. Natural Face Care
This oil serves as a good exfoliator scrub, when mixed with sea salt to remove dead cells of the skin. It can also be used along with fine – grained salt and coarser grains to apply on sensitive skin like face.
It can be used as an easy make up remover since it can easily remove water-resistant substances in the product (especially eye make ups) and also serves as a moisturizer.
10. Avoid Rheumatoid Arthritis
Consuming this oil can improve the bone strength and avoid rheumatoid arthritis- an autoimmune disorder since it improves the inflammatory marker and also reduce oxidative stress in individuals.
Some of you may ask now..
Is olive oil suitable for Indian cooking?
Well, Good news people! Olive oil serves as a wonderful cooking medium for all kinds of Indian food – says Sanjeev kapoor, the Indian celebrity chef, who wrote the book called “cooking with olive oil “
Although extra virgin olive oil is highly beneficial and nutritious with perfect aroma and flavor, yet it is not recommended to use incase of high heat frying.
They are suggested to be used in flavoring, dressing and marinating where as pomace oil is suggested for deep fries.Thus we can also have tasty Indian food with olive oil. The absorption of the oil is low in fried food compared to other oils and yet are well cooked .
The quantity used to cook food is less compared to other vegetable oils hence the efficiency of the oil is much more great as well as effective- which makes it cheaper than other oils. We can also safely reuse this oil with proper filtration.