Monounsatuated fats in Phileos Olive oil are associated with lower levels of total cholesterol and LDL (‘bad cholesterol’)
Contains a high concentration of Oleocanthal, a phenolic compound which has anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. Recent research has shown that it may help prevent and treat illnesses like Alzheimer’s, osteoarthritis, cardiovascular disease and cancer.
Contains a high concentration of Oleacein, another phenolic compound which is an antioxidant which seems to help prevent heart failure, hypertension and oxidative stress. It protects the body from the damaging effects of free radicals.
Contains a high concentration of oleuropein, a natural anti-inflammatory substance that reproduces the natural effects of ibuprofen, the active ingredient widely used in the production of pain medication.
Lowers blood sugar level in Diabetics
High in Vitamins A,D E and K.
Protects the brain from Alzheimer’s Disease and cognitive impairments and actively dissolves beta-amyloid plaques already formed in the brain.
Olive oil can facilitate the natural gastric process.
The Immune System:
Olive oil intake strengthens the immune system against external attacks from microorganisms, bacteria or viruses. Also the minerals and vitamins in the olive oil prevent deficiencies that can have an adverse effect on the immune system.
The fatty acids in the make-up of olive oil lower important immunological parameters such as the proliferation of lymphocytes induced by specific mitogens of both B- and T-cells. These fatty acids have been reported to play an important part in various immune functions, in regulating inflammatory processes, in the treatment of some autoimmune diseases and in the regulation of the immune system in general.
Moisturizer and wound healer:
Extra virgin olive oil, all by itself, is one of the best beauty secrets. In addition to being a natural, hypoallergenic way to moisturize skin, extra virgin olive oil has the added advantage of providing strong antioxidants, including vitamin E, as well as vitamin K, that help repair and renew skin that has been damaged from overexposure to sun, air pollution, and other modern-day environmental hazards – like cigarette smoke and fast food. These nutrients have the natural ability to stimulate cells and return skin to a firmer, smoother, and healthier state.
To provide a slightly more scientific explanation, this damage is related to the destructive activity of oxygen-related free radicals produced by skin cells. Polyphenolic components of olive oil have been compared to traditional antioxidants, such as tocopherols, used by the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industry to prevent skin damage.
Olive oil acts as a laxative which lubricates the bowel and provides moisture to the stools which make it easy to move through the colon. The monounsaturated fats present in it improve the bowel evacuation speed.
It is rich in vitamin E and K, antioxidants, omega 3 and 6 fatty acids which help to boost the health of digestive tract..
Olive oil stays stable in very acidic environments like the ones caused by helicobacter pylori bacteria which can trigger cancer and stomach ulcers (constipation is one of the symptoms of these diseases).
When used on hair and scalp, olive oil can be considered two products: a deep conditioner and a dandruff controller. After shampooing, massage a mixture of equal amounts of olive oil and water into your hair. Leave on for 5 minutes, then shampoo and rinse. Your scalp will benefit from healthy conditioning; your hair will respond with more shine and strength.
Alternatively place a few drops of EVOO on your palms and rub hands together before rubbing through hair.
There are several over-the-counter remedies to strengthen and moisturize nails, however, olive oil applied daily may give the same results. Olive oil penetrates the skin and nail, to help repair damage and soften nails and cuticles, which leads to nail strength and health.
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