Olive oil, one of the world’s most popular oil and have been used for years for its medicinal benefits and in cooking. Olive oil is a fat extract obtained from the olive fruit and is made by pressing the olives.
Olive oil is very industrious, it is popularly used as an ingredient in soaps, cosmetics and as a fuel, native to the Mediterranean where it is still used, olive oil production began thousands of years ago and is commonly used in rituals in some countries.
Olive oil is enriched with vitamin K, vitamin E, omega-3 fatty acid, omega-6 fatty acid, saturated fat, monounsaturated fat, polyunsaturated fat, polyphenols and contains no protein, fibre and carbohydrates.
Olive oil is packed with countless health benefits, it is known to strengthen the immune system, fights against cancers like breast and skin cancer, taking two tablespoons daily can reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.
It is beneficial for weight loss as it curbs the appetite, regulates blood pressure, prevents diabetes, stress, promotes strong healthy bones and protects it from disease like osteoporosis, prevents arthritis and depression.
Olive oil is also beneficial in improving the memory especially in people with Alzheimer’s disease, mixing olive oil with salt or sugar to make a face mask can treat acne, used as a hair conditioner to prevent hair loss and strengthens the roots, it is used on chaffed lips, maintains a healthy looking skin when used as a moisturizer in the process protecting it from wrinkles and can be used as a massage oil.
Olive oil can be put on top of water to prevent mosquito breeding, it can be added to cocoa butter to reduce stretch marks, it aids digestion and as a cooking oil, it is used for frying, grilling, sauté and in salad dressings.
This gold looking oil has gained its popularity, it is used worldwide for its many benefits, it is even used to remove liver stones, when used externally it can cure insect bites, burns, scraped skin and even sunburns.
Preparing food with olive oil is a very healthy way to go and because it contains no cholesterol it makes it even better.
Olive oil must be kept away from air and light as it can turn rancid that is having a buttery taste, it can be found in varieties like pure olive oil, virgin olive oil but if you want to gain all its benefits extra virgin olive oil is the one to choose as it is unrefined and goes through less processing.