Olive Oil is packed with several health benefits, Bangalore based Nutritionist Dr. Anju Sood says It is good for your heart, hair, skin and veins, if you massage it on blood clots the clots would heal soon.Macrobiotic nutritionist and Health Practitioner Shilpa Arora ND says “Olive oil is loaded with heart-protective polephenols that lower cholesterol. It is also packed with anti-inflammatory properties.
The mono-saturated fatty acids boosts metabolism and aids weight loss.”Dr. Simran Saini of Fortis Hospital also recommends the oil for its heart healthy properties “Olive oil is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids- which improves good cholesterol(HDL). It is also good for digestion and keeps your hormones balanced.”
Looking to shed some extra pounds? Switch to a diet that has least intake of trans fats. Olive oil is profuse with monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA) a healthy fat that helps battle heart disease cholesterol,and even blood sugar. Experts suggest that it is higher in MUFAs than sesam coconut rapeseed sunflower and corn oil.
Olive oil promotes the flow High-density lipoproteins or HDL which is called the good cholesterol, which scavenges the blood stream of plaque and toxin formation.
Olive oil can also work wonders for your gastrointestinal tract and colon. Olive oil helps stimulates the digestive system making food move smoothly through the colon. Rich in mono-saturated fats olive oil helps in better mobility of food through the colon. This also helps speeding up bowel movement thereby constipation. Mixing a tablespoon of olive oil and a teaspoon of lemon juice can be an effective remedy for constipation.
Experts have said that Olive oil can increase the levels of serotonin, the brain chemical that is also called the happiness hormone. Majority of the anti-depressants also steer towards stimulating the production of serotonin.
Good for skin:
Olive oil contains vitamin E which improves skin health by treating inflammation, acne, and dryness. It also improves skin elasticity and its regenerative properties. The anti-oxidants, minerals and good fats fight the free radicals and facilitate healthy and fuller skin respectively.