Olive oil: A miraculous ingredient filled with nutritional and health benefits

Adding a few drops of olive oil to our everyday food can keep various health issues at bay

People say that there are two basic things which make any dish even tastier. It is the dedication of the cook and the ingredients used while preparing the food. One such ingredient which has become a favourite of many people these days is olive oil.
Olive oil is a natural oil extracted from olive, which is the fruit of the olive tree. It is mostly extracted from the fleshy part of the ripened fruit of the olive tree, scientifically known as Olea Europaea. Thousands of years ago, olive oil was discovered and used in the classical era in different Mediterranean civilizations.
The oil which is obtained from the mechanical pressing without further treatment is called virgin olive oil. The colour of olive oil is generally clear yellow whereas some varieties obtained from unripe fruit have a greenish tinge.
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Olive oil is mostly used for culinary purposes and for the preservation of food, particularly canned fish. 14 percent of olive oil is saturated fat, 11 percent is polyunsaturated fat. Whereas predominant fatty acid in olive oil is a monosaturated fat called oleic acid, which makes up to 73% of the total oil content.
Oleic acid is known for reducing inflammation and helps in protection against cancer and contains a large number of antioxidants. These antioxidants are biologically active and may reduce the risk of chronic diseases. Olive oil is recommended by doctors for the great health benefit it has.
Olive oil is also beneficial in treating Alzheimer's which is a common neurodegenerative condition by building up the beta-amyloid plaques inside our brain cells.
Speaking more about the benefits of olive oil, it is an important agent in keeping the heart-healthy. It lowers inflammation, protects "bad" LDL cholesterol from oxidants, improves the lining of blood vessels to prevent blood clotting.
Olive oil is also beneficial in treating Alzheimer's which is a common neurodegenerative condition by building up the beta-amyloid plaques inside our brain cells. It is even known for preventing and treating rheumatoid arthritis which is an autoimmune disease characterized by deformed and painful joints.
Olive oil has anti-bacterial properties which kill bacteria such as helicobacter pylori, a bacterium present in the stomach lining and causes ulcers and stomach cancer.
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It has anti inflammatory effects as it contains oleocanthal, which works similarly to Ibuprofen which is actually an anti-bacterial drug.
Olive oil may reduce type 2 diabetes as it has beneficial effects on blood sugar and is insulin sensitive.



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