10 Reasons To Eat Olives

10 Reasons To Eat Olives

If France is known for grapes and wine production, Bulgaria for roses, the Netherlands for tulips, then Greece is known for growing olives. The olive is an evergreen tree that grows exclusively in the Mediterranean. The leaves are leathery, dark green in color, and the fruit is bony from green to almost black.

A various types of olives.

In Christianity, the olive tree is a symbol of God’s care for people, and the olive branch is a symbol of peace. Due to its healing properties, the olive has long been considered a prized plant. The Greek poet Homer claimed that olive oil was liquid gold, and the famous physician Hippocrates prescribed the use of olives for more than 60 different diseases. 

Although olives are often used as a delicacy, world-renowned nutritionists and homeopathic doctors advise using them as often as possible.

And here we present to you 10 good reasons to consume olives

1. Cardiovascular system

Olives are useful for cardiovascular system.

Improper nutrition damages blood vessels and fat accumulates in the arteries, which can lead to a heart attack over time. The nutrients in black olives prevent or reduce the risk of fat accumulation in the arteries, and thus of heart attack. Olives also reduce high blood pressure.

2. Olives prevent cancer 

Chronic oxidative stress and chronic inflammation can be key factors in cancer development. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of olives are a natural protection against cancer. Black olives are rich in vitamin E which neutralizes free radicals in adipose tissue. Numerous studies have shown that a diet with the addition of olive oil reduces the risk of colon cancer.

3. Digestive tract health

Olive processed products have a beneficial effect on digestive tract.

Vitamin E and unsaturated fats in black olives have a beneficial effect on cirrhosis and gastritis. In addition, they activate the secretion of bile and pancreatic hormones and thus reduce the possibility of gallstone formation. A cup of olives provides 15 to 20 percent of the amount of fiber that’s required for health and functioning of the digestive tract.

4. Eye health

Vitamin A which is crucial for healthy eyes and good eyesight is also found in olives. In addition, it works against cataracts, macular degeneration, glaucoma and other eye diseases associated with aging. Consuming one teaspoon of olives provides 10% of the recommended daily value of vitamin A.

5. Against pain

A table spoon full of olive oil.

Olive oil contains a substance that acts against inflammation. The effect of this substance is similar to the effect of classic anti-inflammatory drugs. Interestingly, more than 3 tablespoons of olive oil has an effect similar to a tenth of an adult dose of ibuprofen.

6. Minor allergies

Olive extracts act as antihistamines. By blocking histamine receptors at the cellular level, olive extracts can help reduce allergic reactions. With their anti-inflammatory action, olives also increase blood flow, thus alleviating asthma symptoms.

7. A good source of iron

All types of olives, especially black ones, are rich in iron. Red blood cells carry oxygen throughout the body, but if we suffer from iron deficiency, our tissues do not get enough oxygen.

8. Skin and hair health

Skin treatment with olive oil.

Black olives are rich in fatty acids and antioxidants that nourish and protect the skin and hair. Vitamin E protects the skin from UV radiation, thus protecting it from skin cancer and premature aging. After showering, it is great to apply olive oil, but do not use it for sunbathing because it could burn your skin once you expose it to the sun. This goes especially for those who have sensitive skin and easily get a sunburn. For healthy hair, apply egg yolks and olive oil on your hair, and leave it on for a while, and then wash your hair as usual.

9. Weight loss

Olive oil stimulates the breakdown of fat within fat cells, which reduces belly fat, as well as insensitivity to insulin. Blood tests show that olive oil contains the so-called satiety hormone.

A girl lost weights after olives using.

10. Increases blood glutathione levels

Glutathione is one of the most important antioxidants in nature. Lower glutathione levels are associated with high blood pressure, increased body fat, and poorer health overall.

Final words

Instead of a conclusion, all we have for you is a question – knowing what you know now, how many olives will you add to your diet every day?