Health Benefits Of Olives, Olive Leaves And Olive Oil

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General Information

Latin Name : Olea europaea

This hub will focus on the benefits of olive oil. But before I get down to this, I would like to give you some information about the olive tree and olives.

The olive tree is an evergreen tree thought to have been existing for over 8000 years. The tree lives for hundreds of years and some have been verified to have been living for over 2000 years.The tree is native to the Mediterranean, Asia and Africa.

Olives are plucked when they are green to dark purple in color. The color of the olive fruit does not indicate its ripeness. Many olives start off green and turn black when fully ripe while some olives start green and remain green when ripe while some others start black and remain so when ripe. Olives are picked both unripe and when ripe.

Olives in their natural state are mostly bitter, due to the chemical glycoside that they contain naturally.To overcome this, they have to be processed or cured. There are 5 ways to cure olives viz water curing, brine curing, oil curing, lye curing and salt curing which is also called dry curing.



Uses Of The Olive Tree


The olive tree has been cultivated for a variety of purposes some of which are as given below :

  • For the olive fruit which is used in cooking and for extracting oil.


  • For the olive oil which is used in cooking and as a salad oil. It is also used in making soaps, commercial plasters, liniments and dental cements which delay setting time of artificial dentures.


  • For the fine wood it provides which is used for making pieces of furniture, as it has a beautiful grain and the wood is hard.


  • For the olive leaves that are used in making medicines & medicinal teas etc.


  • The water extracts of the fruit pulp are used in treating rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.


  • The waste of the olive tree has been found to give 2 and 1/2 times the energy given by burning other types of wood. It's smoke has no negative impact on the environment and the ash can be used as fertilizer for plants.


Black Olives

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Is Olive Oil Good For You ?


Olive oil is a light green to golden yellow colored oil obtained by cold pressing of the olives. Green olives yield the bitter green oil while the black olives yield the less pungent yellow oil.

If you are not sure whether olive oil is good for you or not I place before you some facts!

Olive oil contains 77% mono saturated fatty acids, 14% saturated fatty acids and 9% polyunsaturated acids. It also contains vitamin E, K and vegetable mucilage

1 tablespoon of olive oil contains 120 calories and 14 gms of fat but because most of this fat is mono saturated, it is beneficial to the body and helps to reduce cardiovascular diseases, lowers cholesterol and is easily digested.
Countries like Spain, Italy and Greece have low incidence of heart disease because these people consume olive oil a lot.

Olive oil can be washed away easily if you spill it on the hands and doesn't need a lot of water and soap. This property of olive oil benefits the body in that it is digested very fast and uses very little energy.

As you can see from the above, the benefits of olive oil are quite amazing.

Olive oil is used in cooking, cosmetics, medicines and soap making. It is also used in religious rituals.

Green Olives

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Types Of Olive Oil


Olive oil is available in the following varieties :

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil

    This is the best in quality obtained from the first pressing of the olives and is the least processed. It has less than 1% acidity.
  • Virgin Olive Oil.

    It is the second pressed oil. The acidity is about 1.5%.
  • Pure & Light Olive Oil

    After pressing some filtering and refining is done. A little of Extra virgin Oil is added to the refined olive oil.
  • Extra Light Olive Oil

    Considerable processing is done. It retains a very mild olive flavor.


Olive Oil Nutrition Facts


Olives contain a variety of antioxidants and anti inflammatory nutrients. Some of them are phenols, terpenes, flavons, anthocynidins, flavonols, hydroxybenzoic acids and hydroxyphenyl acetic acids. They also contain vitamin E and Vitamin K in good amounts.

Olive Oil Nutrition

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Olive oil (Olea europaea)  
   
 
Nutritional value per 100 g.
 
 
(Source: USDA National Nutrient data base)
 
Principle
Nutrient Value
Percentage of RDA
Energy
884 Kcal
44%
Carbohydrates
0 g
0%
Protein
0 g
0%
Total Fat
100 g
500%
Cholesterol
0 mg
0%
Dietary Fiber
0 g
0%
Vitamins
 
 
Folates
0 mcg
0%
Niacin
0 mg
0%
Pantothenic acid
0 mg
0%
Pyridoxine
0 mg
0%
Riboflavin
0 mg
0%
Thiamin
0 mg
0%
Vitamin A
0 IU
0%
Vitamin C
0
0%
Vitamin E
14.39 mg
96%
Vitamin K
60.2 mcg
50%
Electrolytes
 
 
Sodium
2 mg
0%
Potassium
1 mg
0%
Minerals
 
 
Calcium
1 mg
0%
Copper
0 mg
0%
Iron
0.56 mg
7%
Magnesium
0 mg
0%
Manganese
0 mg
0%
Phosphorus
0 mg
0%
Selenium
0 mcg
0%
Zinc
0.01 mg
<1%%
Phyto-nutrients
 
 
Carotene
0 mcg
--
Crypto-xanthin
0 mcg
--
Lutein-zeaxanthin
0 mcg
--
Phytosterols
221 mg
--
 
 
 

Olive Oil Health Benefits

Health Benefits Of Olive Oil

  • Olive oil stimulates the metabolism, helps digestion and soothes the mucous lining of the skin.
  • It relieves constipation and other stomach ailments, has antioxidant benefits, lowers cholesterol and controls ear problems.
  • Olive oil controls dandruff and hair loss, moisturises the skin, reduces stretch marks and makes bones strong.
  • It helps in controlling diabetes, obesity, hypertension and blood pressure.
  • It also helps in prevention of gall stones, cancer especially colon cancer, soothes ulcers and acts as a natural pain reliever.
  • It helps in reducing bone loss due its vitamin K content.
  • The vitamin K also helps in limiting brain damage in Alzheimer's.


Olive Oil Health Benefits


For Digestion

Take 1 tsp of olive oil on an empty stomach to stimulate digestion and remove flatulence and heartburn and correct stomach upsets.

For constipation

In the morning take 1 tsp olive oil in a glass of lemon juice on empty stomach.

Also, take enema made from 5 ounces of olive oil in 20 ounces of boiling water after cooling to lukewarm state.

For Ear Problems

Put few drops of warm olive oil in the blocked ear. Lie for 5 minutes and then turn over so that the oil flows out. Do not do this if you have a perforated eardrum.

In Ear Aches

Soak a cotton pad in olive oil. Put 5 drops of lavender oil on this. Place the pad in the outer ear loosely till the pain subsides.

In Hair Loss

Massage the head with oil daily for a week at night. Wash in the morning.

In Dandruff

Warm a little olive oil and massage into the scalp. Wrap a towel around and leave for 1/2 an hour then wash the hair.

For Dry Skin

Apply olive oil daily. Can also be applied on stretch marks to lighten them.

For Weak Nails

Add 1 tsp lemon juice to 3 tsp lukewarm olive oil. Soak the nails in this. Wear gloves and keep overnight. It helps in making nails stronger.

In Lowering Cholesterol

The mono unsaturated fatty acids lower the LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels but do not affect the HDL levels.Try to use olive oil in place of butter or other oils in cooking. Minimum 15% of the daily calories should come from unsaturated fatty acids to lower cholesterol.




Olive Oil Uses


Other than it being used in cooking and the health benefits of olive oil, it has many non conventional uses as well.

  • It helps in taming tangled hair as it moisturises the hair.
  • It can ease snoring as taking a sip of the oil helps in lubricating the throat muscles.
  • Silverware, copper ware, and other metals can be given a final rub with olive oil to prevent streaks and tarnish.
  • For furniture cleaning add a few drops on a cloth and wipe.
  • Stuck zippers can benefit from a rub of some olive oil on the teeth of the zipper.
  • It can also help in preventing squeaky hinges when lubricated.

Safety Factor

Olive oil can be used daily. It has no allergic agents unlike some other oils.


Olive Oil Care


Do not place olive oil a lighted and hot place. The oil will oxidise and become rancid fast.

Refrigeration is not advised as condensation in the bottle may affect the flavor of the oil.

Cold weather can make the oil turn cloudy or it can solidify. It turns back to its liquid state when kept at room temperature.

Dark colored glass containers, porcelain or stainless steel are the best for storing olive oil.

Never store in plastic containers or metal ones.

Always keep the cap of the bottle firmly closed.


Olive Leaf

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Medicinal uses of Olive Leaf

About Olive Leaf


The leaves of the olive tree are used in alternative medicine. The leaves contain primarily the antioxidants oleuropein, and hydroxypyrosol, other poly phenols and flavonoids.

The leaves have the ability to inhibit the reproduction of many natural pathogens. They are also used in getting relief from cold, flu, yeast and viral infections. They also reduce LDL, the bad cholesterol, lower blood pressure, help in post stroke recovery, reduce brain oedema, treat some tumors and cancers.

The leaves can be consumed as a liquid concentrate, a dried leaf tea, as powder or capsule form.
The fresh leaf extracts in liquid form are the most healing due to the wide range of healing compounds contained in it.

Conversion Chart Source http://www.oliveoilsource.com/page/conversion-chart

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Use olive oil instead
of butter or margarine
Butter/Margarine
Olive Oil
1 teaspoon
3/4 teaspoon
1 tablespoon
2 1/4 teaspoons
2 tablespoons
1 1/2 tablespoons
1/4 cup
3 tablespoons
1/3 cup
1/4 cup
1/2 cup
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons
2/3 cup
1/2 cup
3/4 cup
1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon
1 cup
3/4 cup


Disclaimer

The information provided in this hub is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician, or health care provider before taking any home remedies or supplements.

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awordlover 4 years ago

Another excellent hub. Very useful info. Voted up, useful & interesting. :-)


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JCielo 4 years ago from England

I live in Spain and consume a lot of olive oil as most Spaniards do. I fact we have 4 very productive olive trees in our garden. We put olive oil on vegetables, salads, fish, meat, etc. One of the things I really like with my coffee in the morning is lightly toasted bread with olive oil on top plus a VERY LITTLE salt. It's really tasy!


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Hello, hello, 4 years ago from London, UK

A great article with comprehensive information. I would love to use olice oil but it is so expensive which. at the moment, can't afford it. Thank you for a brilliant hub.


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GClark 4 years ago from United States

Voted Up! Another useful and interesting hub. I was left with a question - My choice in olive oil has always been the Extra Virgin Olive Oil - had no idea there were so many other choices such as the one you mentioned that has very little olive oil in it. Why would someone want that one? As it seems to have been processed the most would think that would make it the least desirable.


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Cresentmoon2007 4 years ago from Caledonia, MI

Voted up. This is great information that I didn't know before about olive oil.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

@ awordlover. Thanks for stopping by and leaving appreciative comments. I'm glad you found this useful. Thanks for voting it up.

@ JCielo. Nice to have a new reader who is health concious as well. Really happy to note you are a regular user of this excellent fruit. thanks for stopping by.

@ Hello, hello, nice to see you here again. Thanks for all the appreciation. maybe you could try using a little of olive oil. I agree its expensive but good stuff never comes cheap. Thanks for stopping by.

@ GClark. Thanks for stopping by. The point you have raised is very pertinent. Extra Virgin olive oil has a low smoke point as compared to the Extra light olive oil which has a high smoke point making the latter ideal for frying, baking or cooking. The lower smoke point of the extra virgin oil would make it more likely for the fats in it to break, the flavor to reduce and the generation of cancer causing compounds. the extra virgin olive oil is best used for salad dressings or as a topping.

@ Crescentmoon, thanks for being here, appreciating and the vote up.


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rjsadowski 4 years ago

I was poing to rate this hub as useful until I saw all of the work that you put into it. Awesome!


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

Such an informative hub Rajan.

Your widget was a new addition and I liked it :)

you always keep me informed on the things that I use daily but, do not know the MANY uses of it. Thank you!!


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imkd 4 years ago

nice.. i didn't know more about the Minerals but i have to know and this is perfect to know about olive oils.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

@ rjsadowski, Thanks for stopping by and appreciating. researching took quite some time.

@ Ruchira, glad to see you again. We in India, are not used to consuming olives or olive oil more because of the high cost and the low awareness of their health benefits. Researching about this topic opened up much new information to me. I am glad I could share it here.

Thanks for appreciating.

@ imkd, thanks for being here and leaving your comments.


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spsingh 4 years ago from iwebeffects.com

nice hub very informative i was unaware about benefits of olive !!!! Thanks


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

spsingh, nice to have a new reader. thanks for reading and finding it informative.


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kaliskadavis 4 years ago from United State

I am very glad to found such useful and interesting post. I have never seen before, I gained a lot of knowledge after read this post and appreciate your task which will be advantageous for me.

Thanks for sharing this.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Hi kaliskadavis, thank you for putting in so many nice words. I sincerely hope you benefit from this read. Thank you so much for appreciating.


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Tricia Ward 4 years ago from Scotland

Thanks for this hub. I was on a business start up course this week where one of the other participants is starting olive oil importing business, so its rather timely that I read this thanks.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Thanks and hope you got the needed info. thanks for stopping by.


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

Rajan, this is wonderful information! I like the part about olive oil helping with snoring. I told my husband I was getting a dropper to put a drop of oil down his throat when he snores! :-) Votes and shared and linked to my Olive Obsession hub! :-)


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robie2 4 years ago from Central New Jersey

I knew olive oil was good for you, but had no idea just how good until I read this-- great info and I'm really interested as I use olive oil almost exclusively for cooking and salads yayyyyyyy. Voting up and bookmarking this for sure.


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Great hub! I did not know that olive leaves were also used--Thank you!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

rajan...I have a gallon of pure olive oil in my kitchen at all times. It's all my grandmother and mother ever used....so it was just a matter of following family habits.

Olive oil is all that you say it is. The info you have provided is invaluable.

Olive oil and wine vinegar is all I ever use as a dressing for my salads. I am so emphatic about this, I carry tiny bottles of each when we go out to dinner, in case they are not available. I never ruin a salad with bottled dressing. Great hub! 3 cheers for olive oil and OLIVES!!


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

@ sholland10. Thanks for stopping by. I'm heartened you found it worth to share and link. Do keep me posted on the bit about snoring. Thanks.

@ robie2. Great to learn that you found this hub useful. Many thanks for reading and the votes and the bookmarking of course.

@ AudreyHowitt. Nice to read that you could find this informational. Thanks for being here and appreciating.

@ fpher48. Well, you already are one up on me in that olive oil use has been a tradition in your family. Thanks for sharing all the information. Glad to see you visit and leave your appreciation. Thank you.


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

LOL! I will Rajan... I will have to be sneaky about it. He will probably shut his mouth just as I am about to drop some olive oil in. That would be a mess! LOL :-)


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Did you hear me chuckle, sholland! You'd better be careful!!


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Hi susan, I'm glad you liked the post. Thanks for stopping by and posting your comments.


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sweetie1 3 years ago from India

We have been trying to cook more and more in olive oil but since it is very costly still In India so we do not deep fry in it.. rest we make in olive oil.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

I would suggest that olive oil not be used for deep frying. It is better to use as little heat with olive oil to maintain its health benefits. Nowadays at Easyday you get 1+1 schemes on olive oil. Keep a watch and you can buy then. But purchase pure olive oil, not the one with pomace oil.

Thanks for stopping by.


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livingabroad 2 years ago from Wales, UK

I usually drizzle a bit over my salad but never thought of having a tablespoon on an empty stomach, or an enema driven by olive oil (please seek professional advice!). Although, suffering from dry skin, I think I'll stick to moisturizers!

Excellent read. Up and things


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rajan jolly 2 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Thanks and I appreciate the read and comments, living abroad.

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