Olive oil is excellent source of nutrients that benefit the body both inside and out. Apart from lowering cholesterol and reducing the risk of heart attack, stroke and even cancer, olive oil also contains natural properties that can help promote overall wellness and wellbeing.
Curious about the healing power of olive oil?
There are numerous all natural cosmetic remedies you can make at home with olive oil to effectively soften and protect skin and nails, repair damaged or irritated areas, and slow the effects of ageing.
The Monell Chemical Senses Center in the United States has now discovered that extra virgin olive oil contains a naturally occurring chemical that mimics the effects of ibuprofen. Studies show that a dose of 50g, or four tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil, equates to 10% of the recommended ibuprofen dose for adult pain relief.
This chemical, called oleocanthal, inhibits the activity of enzymes related to inflammation the same way as ibuprofen and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, suggesting that oleocanthal could play a causal role in the health benefits associated with diets rich in olive oil.