Want to know if olive oil is good for you? Well, the answer is YES. We all know the old adage, ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away', but if you’re looking to better your health, you’re probably better off skipping what’s in the fruit bowl for the pantry staple instead.
Whether you're drinking it, massaging it on your skin, or rubbing it into your hair – olive oil's health benefits are fairly extensive.
Not only is good quality extra virgin olive oil rich in vitamins E and K, packed with antioxidants and essential fatty acids – a new study by Brown University has found that simply adding three tablespoons of the stuff to your diet daily can prevent cancer, chronic disease and help with weight loss.
With that in mind, we’ve rounded up a few other extra virgin olive oil benefits you may not know about.
1. It puts you in the mood
Olive oil boosts circulation to all areas of the body (including the hard-to-reach erogenous zones.)
2. It’s heart happy
It’s made up of 70 per cent monounsaturated fats, which helps lower cholesterol in the blood and, in turn, reduces cardiovascular problems.
3. It keeps things moving
Olive oil boosts the metabolism and contributes to the operation health of vital organs like the pancreas, stomach and intestines.
4. It deters diabetes
Research suggests that olive oil helps regulate and balance insulin levels, which may prevent or delay the onset of diabetes when consumed as part of a balanced diet.
5. It keeps you sharp
Olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fat, which experts say contributes to the prevention or slow of cognitive decline.
6. It helps with pain
It contains a substance called oleocanthal, which has anti-inflammatory properties.
7. It boosts the immune system
Because it’s loaded with antioxidants, research shows olive oil can help our bodies become more resistant to infection. A study has also found that extra virgin olive oil was effective in eradicating a type of bacteria called H. pylori, which lives in the digestive tract and can cause ulcers and, in some, cases cancer.
But, know this: as is the way with anything super, beware the imposters. Some olive oils are masquerading as virgins but have, you know, (whisper), been somewhere else first. Namely, heavily processed and treated with chemicals.
How to know? That little catch in the throat is the sign, but that’s only possible once you’ve opened the bottle. Behold the supermarket aisle for the Australian Extra Virgin Certified triangle that’ll tell you you’re getting the good stuff. With no triangle, there’s no certainty you’re getting the antioxidants that’ll help with heart, skin and joint health.
If you’re not already adding a glug of this golden girl to your daily diet then it’s time to do it, stat.