Although the olive tree originated in Asia, it has
been cultivated for over 3,000 years in
Mediterranean countries, where much of the olive
crop is used to make olive oil. In this process,
olives are pitted and ground to a thick pulp. The
pulp is then pressed to remove the juices, which are
placed in a centrifuge to separate the water from
the oil. One tablespoon of olive oil contains 120
calories and 14 grams of fat, but the fat is mostly
monounsaturated; it has a beneficial effect on blood
cholesterol levels and is easily digested. In those
countries where olive oil is consumed extensively,
such as Greece, Italy and Spain, there is a low
incidence of cardiovascular diseases. The mild
vegetable mucilage in olive oil protects the body's
digestive tract. Ancient civilizations used olive oil
to help heal wounds. Today, it is considered a good
remedy for skin problems and an effective
Therapeutic Effect: Taken internally, olive oil
stimulates metabolism, promotes digestion and
lubricates mucous membranes. It can also be
applied externally to treat dry skin.
Help for the digestive tract: Take 1 tbsp. on an
empty stomach to stimulate digestion and relieve
upset stomach, flatulence and heartburn.
Help for constipation: In the morning, take 1 tsp. of
oil mixed with lemon juice on an empty stomach.
Or try an enema made from 5 oz. of oil in 20 oz. of
boiling water, cooled to lukewarm.
The antioxidant benefit: The vitamin E in olive oil
is an antioxidant. In addition, the fatty acids are
less easily damaged by oxygen than other types of
fat. They are therefore, less likely to produce free
radicals, which damage cell membranes and
contribute to several diseases.
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VIRGIN. I hope you find this informative. Now I
see why my family has thrived with it!
My great-grandmother lived to be past 100
years old. I watched her my entire life, and
she never took anything other than OLIVE
OIL.!! All the women in my family take
olive oil daily and enjoy good health. My
grandmother who is 83 still does her own
yard mowing, fixes her roof and rides her
bike with all the neighborhood kids. So I
thought I should investigate what the
benefits of this oil are.