Olive contains about 30% of fat (which becomes olive oil when “squeezed”) of which 75% is monounsaturated fatty acid, oleic acid, which affects the reduction of cholesterol levels in the blood.
Olives contain polyphenols and flavonoids, which have anti-inflammatory effect thus helping to protect the blood vessels of inflammation, but also help combat the symptoms of rheumatism, arthritis, and asthma.
In order to preserve the good qualities of olive fat, it is essential that olive oil is squeezed under a press, the so-called “Cold pressing”, without any heating or refining, which are usually applied in the industrial production of oil.
Olive oil is one of the main ingredients in traditional mixtures for cleansing the liver and gall bladder.
Traditional medicine recommends that you drink a tablespoon of olive oil mixed with lemon juice in the morning, which can help dissolve already formed gall stones, as well as to clean the clogged ducts in the liver. However, you should be cautious with this procedure, especially those who suffer from gallstones, because this can result in the opposite effect. It is best to consult with your doctor if you want to apply this procedure.
Olive oil is an integral part of the Mediterranean diet, and the latest research shows that its regular use is one of the important factors of Mediterranean expectancy (according to statistics, they have a longer lifetime than the average).
In order to get all the benefits from the olive oil, it is best to use organic, cold-pressed olive oil, because it is the only one that largely preserves all the useful properties that natural fat from the olive has.
It is best not to use olive oil for cooking and frying, but add it to the salad or a meal, after it is already cooked.