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Olive Health Benefits

Olives are actually the fruit of the tree known as Olea europaea, olea meaning oil which refers to its high fat content and europaea refers to Europe the region they originate from.

Olives are one of the oldest foods known to man; they have been around for centuries and are thought to have originated in Crete, an island in Greece.

 

They come in many shapes, sizes and colours, black, green, purple, large, small, oval, round, and the list goes on. Regardless of appearance however, all olives are high in nutritive value.

 

Some people use olive oil to treat constipation, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, blood vessel problems associated with diabetes, and pain associated ear infections, arthritis, and gallbladder disease.

 

Olives reduce the effects of degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, benign and malignant tumours, including less serious varicose veins and cavities.

 

Eating olives can improve the appearance of wrinkles by 20% since they contain oleic acid, which keeps skin soft and healthy.

 

By eating just 10 olives before a meal, you can reduce your appetite by up to 20%.

 

This is because the monounsaturated fatty acids contained in olives slow down the digestion process and stimulate the hormone cholecystokinin, a hormone that sends messages of fullness to the brain.

 

The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of olives make them a natural for protection against cancer because chronic oxidative stress and chronic inflammation can be key factors in the development of cancer.

 

Black olives are a great source of vitamin E, which has the brilliant ability to neutralize free radicals in body fat. Especially when working with the stable monounsaturated fats found in olives, vitamin E can make cellular processes safer.

 

Olives are rich in vitamin D, calcium and phosphorous, which all play a critical role in bone growth, remodelling and maintenance and help prevent bone conditions such as rickets in children and osteoporosis in adults.

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