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Olives for Skin
Due to the levels of antioxidants, olives are immunity boosters. Antioxidants help with warding off free radicals that can endanger skin and lead to skin diseases. The amount of vitamin E helps the skin maintain the proper neutral pH, which is great for healthy skin tone.
Olives for Cholesterol
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Body needs cholesterol to function properly; on the other hand, too much cholesterol can increase the risk of heart stroke and other heart-related diseases. Olives are food that can lower LDL cholesterol while increasing or maintaining the HDH levels of cholesterol.
Olives are also a rich source of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Monounsaturated fats are responsible for lowering bad cholesterol, and increasing the good one. Due to the linolenic acid (omega – 3 fatty acid) and important antioxidants, olives lower triglycerides, moderate blood pressure and improve vascular health.
Olive Oil – What is good about it?
Is there a difference between olives and olive oil?
One big difference is the amount of fat – whole olives contain about 20 % of fat, while olive oil is 100 % fat. One tablespoon of olive oil contains 120 calories, while about 10 medium olives contain only 40 calories.
Olives are loaded with sodium, while olive oil is virtually sodium free.
Whole olives have some fiber, while olive oil does not.
Olive oil is a good source of polyphenols (phytonutrients that protect against diseases), while the curing process removes many polyphenols from whole olives (black olives have higher content of polyphenols than green olives).
The Benefits of Olive Oil
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Obtained from the olives, it is commonly used in cosmetics, pharmaceutics, cooking, and soaps and as a fuel. The best olive oil is virgin olive oil because it is obtained from olives without the use of chemicals or heat. Olive oil has numerous extraordinary benefits for the body and organism. Here are some of the benefits one must know about olive oil.
- Great diet food – it will make you less hungry and make you eat less as well,
- Reduces bad cholesterol levels and increases good cholesterol,
- Reduces the risk of heart attacks and strokes, and makes your arteries more elastic,
- A diet with olive oil reduces the risk of coronary heart diseases,
- Olive oil has the ability to reduce and cure acne,
- It can protect red blood cells from oxidation,
- It helps the skin retain its moisture and soothes the pain of mild sunburns,
- Strengthens the hair and makes it more flexible,
- Nurtures your lips and keep them soft and supple,
- Moisturizes the dry scalp,
- Clears sensitive skin and make it soft, firm and smooth,
- Antioxidants in olive oil prevent skin from premature aging,
- Great oil for facial masks,
- Repairs damaged hair,
- Prevents premature gray hair,
- When applied directly on the skin, it can minimize cellulite,
- Olive oil is a perfect carrier essential oil,
- Improves memory and protects against memory loss,
- Helps fight breast cancers,
- Protects and lubricates your voice,
- Kills lice,
- Aids digestion, and
- It can easy ear pain and infections.
To use olive oil as a skin cleanser for face start with massaging your face with one tablespoon of olive oil with circular motions for two minutes.
Lay a steaming washcloth over the face to open the pores and to allow olive oil to adhere oils in your skin. After the cloth cools, wipe off the oil. If you wish to use olive oil as a moisturizer, rub two drops of olive oil in your hands and pat the oil over your skin after cleansing.
When taken internally, olive oil is also very beneficial for skin. One tablespoon of olive oil in salad is great for your overall health.
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