Olive Oil and Medicine



Olive oil and cardiovascular diseases Several studies conducted in the past fifteen years in both the European Union and the USA have confirmed the beneficial effects of olive oil for cardiovascular diseases. In the Greek regions of Crete and Mani in particular, where the diet includes aside from olive oil large quantities of vegetables, fruit, pulses, fish, etc, with little meat consumption, cardiovascular diseases are significantly reduced in comparison to those nations with a higher consumption of animal fats and meat. It has been proved that olive oil reduces the level of low-density lipoproteins, i.e. "bad" cholesterol, and increases the level of high-density fatty proteins, i.e. "good" cholesterol. This reduces the deposition of fats on the walls of the arteries, reducing clotting of blood vessels and the heart. More than any other natural produce, olive oil reduces cholesterol and so provides the heart with a wonderful protective shield.

Olive oil and ulcers Olive oil does not upset the stomach, unlike animal fats. It reduces gastric fluids and helps treat ulcers. A spoonful of extra virgin olive oil a day on an empty stomach helps the intestine to function properly and treats constipation.

Olive oil and skin Olive oil contains vitamins A, B and E and protects human skin from the sun and burns.

Olive oil and the nervous system Chlorophyll contributes to cell growth, and reinforces blood metabolism and strength. It plays a leading role in the development of the central nervous system. Olive oil is man's best source of energy.

Olive oil and cancer The therapeutic qualities against cancer (especially breast cancer) that the regular consumption of olive oil provides are well known. Harvard University Professor D. Trichopoulos calculates that the daily use of olive oil reduces the risk of breast cancer by around 25%. It is not by chance that among the women of Crete and Mani, where olive oil is consumed in great qualities, breast and ovarian cancer are rare.

Olive oil and ageing The antioxidant substances contained in olive oil help us to age well. Chlorophyll contributes to cell growth, and reinforces blood metabolism and strength. It plays a leading role in the development of the central nervous system.

Olive oil and bile Helps bile thus aiding digestion.

Olive oil and bones Olive oil contributes to a strong skeleton and bone growth. It is very important for the growth and composition of children's bones. It plays a great role in the prevention of osteoporosis.

Olive oil and neuralgia A massage with warm olive oil reduces pain.

Olive oil and the pancreas It activates the pancreas to a significant degree so that diabetics often require less quantities of insulin.