The basis of Mediterranean diet is olive oil, which is a good source of monounsaturated fat. Its magic lies in the plethora of health benefits it has to offer. Here are some benefits of olive oil.
Consuming olive oil can actually help lower harmful LDL cholesterol
Olive oil contains antioxidants
that discourage artery clogging and chronic diseases, including cancer.
Olive oil is rich in vitamins A, thiamine (B1), Riboflavin (B2), C, D, E and K and iron
Olive oil acts as a mild laxative
; it is a friend to the intestine and an enemy of ulcers and gastritis. When consumed before a meal, olive oil protects the stomach from ulcers
Olive oil has been regarded as the ‘beauty oil’. The body's cells incorporate the valuable fatty acids from the oil, making arteries more supple and skin more lustrous
The amount of oleic acid in olive oil is about the same as that found in a mother's milk and is thus the best growth supplement for infants
Olive oil is effective in treating urinary tract infections and gall bladder problems
Olive oil is a perfect remedy for gastritis
in children. Olive oil accelerates brain development, and strengthens the bones.
Olive oil is cholesterol
free and has been found to lower the degree of absorption of edible fats, and consequently slowing down the aging process.