Olives – the pearl of Mediterranean Diet
Olives are grown for at least six thousand years ago. In Crete, Palestine and Egypt, people were already then used as food, medicine and fuel for lamps.
Did you know that the Mediterranean diet is among the healthiest in the world?
It includes a variety of vegetables, fruits, legumes, olives and olive oil, which supplies the body with a wide range of nutrients.
These foods are the reason why Mediterranean’s have lower amounts of cholesterol than the inhabitants of Central Europe, the United Kingdom and the United States, because these people meals are based on animal fat and protein, which unfortunately raises cholesterol levels.
The most important of them are antioxidants from olive oil, which prevents the oxidation process, responsible for the premature death of cells.
It has been shown that olive oil and olives thanks to its antioxidant properties protect cells and delaying aging. Olive’s ingredients have anti-inflammatory properties, which reduce the risk of cancer.
Olive oil – the enemy of bad cholesterol
In the olive oil are present oleic and linoleic acids, which clean the blood and lower blood pressure. Oleic acid from olive oil raises good cholesterol, known as HDL cholesterol.
Good cholesterol performs a protective role, by transmitting bad cholesterol known as LDL to the liver, which breaks down and removes it from the body.
Do not fry – eat fresh!
Put olive oil in salads and other vegetable dishes, and use it as a spread on bread instead of unhealthy butter, margarine or mayonnaise.
It is believed that fried foods are safe if they are fried in olive oil, but this has not been confirmed because burning removes many of the beneficial properties of oils and good fats turns into bad.
Olive oil is also used as a natural remedy for cleansing.
This method comes from traditional Indian medicine called Ayurveda, that is over 5000 years old.
In the morning on an empty stomach take in your mouth tablespoon unrefined olive oil and strongly shake for fifteen minutes. In the mouth it will create a dense white mass that after shaking, spit and clean your mouth.
Regular application delivers great results, and in particular has proven to be effective in the treatment of headache, toothache, periodontitis, bronchitis, stomach ulcers, intestinal diseases, gynecological diseases and many other conditions.
Unavoidable in traditional medicine
Tea made from olive leaves in traditional medicine is used to lower blood pressure and blood sugar levels.
Olive oil helps with indigestion, heartburn, gastritis, ulcers, colitis and constipation, have a great effect on the respiratory system, and helps with coughing, hoarseness, and fever.
Beneficial effects of olives and olive oil:
Prevent heart and blood vessels disease,
Improves the functioning of the stomach and pancreas,
Reduces the risk of cancer,
Improves the appearance of skin and hair,
Helps with digestive problems,
Regulates blood pressure and sugar,
Helps with colds and flu.