The Medicinal Effects of Olive Oilposted Nov 26, 2011, 10:38 AM by Monica Sevilla [ updated Nov 26, 2011, 10:40 AM ]
For milennia, people all over the world have been using olive oil for nutrition and cosmetics. Since it was first cultivated and harvested as a crop in the Mediterranean, Olive Oil's magical medicinal effects greatly benefit our health and beauty.
Evidence from scientific research suggests that Extra Virgin Olive Oil, which is rich in monounsaturated fats, notably Oleic Acid, reduces the risk of coronary heart disease. It contains more monounsaturated fatty acids than regular olive oil and also contains more polyphenols, which may have benefits for the heart. In a recent study, it was discovered that people who had consumed olive oil high in polyphenol antioxidants, exhibited increased arterial elasticity. Increased elasticity of arterial walls significantly reduces vascular stress and the risk of heart attacks and stroke.
Olive Oil protects nourishes, moisturizes, and protects our skin. Extra virgin olive oil has been used for more than 4,000 years for moisturizing the skin. It is known to be rich is antioxidants. Scientific studies have demonstrated that the application of olive oil following exposure to UVB rays in labratory rats, has a prevents the formation of tumors and skin cancer.