Olive has several health benefits. Among many mineral, proteins and vitamins, polyphenols serve as strong natural antioxidants that boast a host of beneficial effects, such as lowering bad cholesterol (LDL), reduce the risk of blood and heart vessel disorder and stop cancer cells from growing.
Since it is extremely rich in iron, and A, B1, B2, C, D and E Vitamins, it assures a balanced diet and improve the body effectiveness and development.
By bring in Olive into your daily diet, can have these benefits.
Olive is considered as one of oldest tree on the world. It is technically classified as fruits of the Olea europea tree(an amazing tree that typically lives for hundreds of years). The oldest Olive Tree is in Gallura, Sardinia, it is between 3000 and 4000 years old according to local lore and botanists.
In general, Olive Tree is quite weather resistant. It can be grown between 40°C ~ -9°C. When temperature drops to -5°C, small branches can be damaged. The root is seldom die, it re-grows if it experienced worsen living condition than it could bear.
As a fruit tree, olive tree must be watered, but drainage is rather important, the root can’t be damped. Olive needs some chilling hours in the winter to produce fruit (flower development). (below 7℃)
There are various different cultivars. Among them, Stonberg has following 4 cultivars.
- Manzanilla, a large, rounded-oval fruit, with purple-green skin, originated in Dos Hermanas, Seville, in southern Spain. Manzanillas means little apples in Spanish. Known for a rich taste and thick pulp.
- Mission, originated on the California Missions. They are black and generally used for table consumption.
- Frantoio, the principal raw material for Italian olive oils from Tuscany. It is fruity with a stronger aftertaste.
- Kalamata, a large, black olive with a smooth and meatlike taste. It is named after the city of Kalamata, Greece. It is used as a table olive.
Olive has numerous health benefits due to both its high content of monounsaturated fatty acids and its high content of antioxidant substances. It generally helps in following areas of your body system.
Antioxidant (Vitamin E)
- As its high content, it is worth noted. Many diseases are caused by oxidation of cells which cause by free radicals in the body. Antioxidant is the good fighter that will protect our body from damages caused by the free radicals. In short, taking antioxidant is good for your general health and olive is an excellent resource of it.
- When consumed moderately every day, it can aid to reduce the severity of asthma, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, arteriosclerosis, cancer and stomach problems like constipation and digestion.
- Antioxidants (Vitamin E) can decrease the oxidation of LDL cholesterol.
- Consistent intake of olive shows higher level of antioxidants compounds, particularly phenols, in the blood.
- It lowers blood pressure.
- The rich content of Vitamin E and monounsaturated fats help eliminate free radicals and protect against colon cancer.
- It has beneficial effect in fighting against ulcer and gastritis.
- It activates the secretion of bile and pancreatic hormones which in turn lowers the incidence of gallstone formation.
- It helps digestion by making the body easy to assimilate various foods and giving boost to the whole metabolic process.
- It is widely used to combat the constipation across the history with great result.
- This one special content is also worth noting. It is a major component (12%) of human skin surface lipids (oils). It acts as natural moisturizer and skin anti-oxidant.
- As we ages, the Squalene that our body holds declines, consequently causing dehydration, sensitivity and aging.
- Squalene oxygenates skin cells by accelerating new cell growth, therefore also being effective in healing old and new scar tissue.
- Replenish the Squalene into our skin can hydrates the skin, revitalizes and strengthens skin tissue, combats dryness and flaky skin and protects from environmental damage.