What is the importance of olive oil?
Olive cultivation dates back to ancient times. The properties of this small tree have been known for thousands of years, both from a nutritional and healing point of view .
Although the tree is native to Mediterranean countries, its cultivation has now spread to all latitudes.
Olive oil is mainly composed of a monounsaturated fatty acid known as oleic acid. People who consume it regularly have a healthier life.
Two tablespoons a day produce obvious health benefits
– Helps stop the natural aging of the body, as it is a substance that is especially rich in antioxidants (it contains polyphenols that help fight cellular oxidation).
– It is a source of vitamins , especially vitamin E and K. Nutrition experts say that by eating two tablespoons of olive oil a day, the benefits of both vitamins are obtained.
– According to several studies, it strengthens bones and prevents osteoporosis.
– The risk of developing bad cholesterol is significantly reduced.
– The antioxidants it has promote blood flow, especially in the legs. In this sense, the feeling of tiredness so common in the lower limbs is reduced.
– Olive oil protects the heart and helps prevent the formation of plaques in arteries and veins. Therefore, with proper consumption, heart disease is prevented.
– It has been shown to improve blood sugar levels and this aspect is essential to prevent diabetes.
In the kitchen and in aesthetic treatments
Diet experts advise a series of guidelines in relation to its consumption. It is advisable to use it as a dressing in salads, on fish, in pasta dishes or accompanying a piece of toast.
Olive oil has been used for thousands of years to make soaps and skin care products. Today, many moisturizing face and hand creams and hair shampoos contain this substance. On the other hand, olive leaves have been used since time immemorial for their diuretic and antioxidant effects.