|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 moisturizer.
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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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.