Olive oil is probably sitting in your kitchen right now because it's such a common cooking ingredient. But do you know all of the benefits that olive oil has to offer?
Olive oil contains a large amount of antioxidants to help fight free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules in the body that can damage cells and proteins and ultimately, negatively affect your health.
The antioxidants in olive oil also have anti-inflammatory properties that may help to relieve pain and inflammation. The main fatty acid in olive oil may reduce levels of CRP (C-reactive protein), which increases when inflammation occurs in the body.
Olive oil works similarly to ibuprofen when ingested or massaged into an affected area.
There are nutrients in olive oil that help decrease the growth of harmful bacteria in the body while also promoting beneficial bacteria at the same time.
Some of the bacteria that olive oil can help kill has even been known to cause stomach ulcers.
It has been said that consuming 1-2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil can help promote healthy gut bacteria as well.
Many have used natural ingredients for centuries to provide various forms of relief. If you're looking for a more natural way to do just that, lean towards olive oil. Your joints, brain, and heart, will thank you!