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Benefits of Olive

Olive, which has been consumed for ancient times, has increased its importance in the course of time and has become a protective element for human health by taking its place at tables. Olive, nutritional value of which is quite high, makes its contribution to human health with its oil as well. Olive oil, which has no negative effect on health, has protective effect on cancer and cardiovascular health through antioxidants it contains. Especially, the fact that cardiovascular problems and complaints of people increase day by day has added more importance to this miraculous nutrient in respect of human health.  Allah (God) has a statement in respect of olive in one of Quranic verses: “It is He who sends down rain from the sky: from it ye drink, and out of it (grows) the vegetation on which ye feed your cattle.

With it He produces for you corn, olives, date-palms, grapes and every kind of fruit: verily in this is a sign for those who give thought” (Surah An-Nahl(Bee) 10-11)

Nutrient Source: Olive Oil

 Recent researches have proved that olive is not only a tasty food, but also an important nutrient source with high calories. Oil of olive is also a nutrient source as well as itself. Oil of olive tree has been drawn attention in a Quranic verse in such a way as the following: “Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth. The Parable of His Light is as if there were a Niche and within it a Lamp: the Lamp enclosed in Glass: the glass as it were a brilliant star: Lit from a blessed Tree, an Olive, neither of the east nor of the west, whose oil is well-nigh luminous, though fire scarce touched it: Light upon Light! Allah doth guide whom He will to His Light: Allah doth set forth Parables for men: and Allah doth know all things.” ( Surah Nur(Light) 35) 

In the above verse, with the phrase”mubarekun zeytunetin”, olive is being described as “fruitful, blessed, lucky, countless beneficial”. Olive oil which is being implied with the phrase” zeytuhe”, contrary to all saturated fats, is one of the most recommended oil by health experts primarily effective on cardiovascular health. Benefits of olive oil for health can be expressed as follows:

Effects of Olive Oil on Cardiovascular Health:

There are fat acids in olive and olive oil. Many of these acids are single unsaturated omega 6 fats (Linoleic acids) and they are indispensable for human body. Single unsaturated fats do not contain cholesterol. Therefore, olive oil, contrary to the other fats, does not increase the cholesterol level in blood, but keeps cholesterol level under control.

According to the researches regarding the effect of olive oil, quite positive results have been obtained in respect of cholesterol level of those who have consumed 2 table spoonful of olive oil every day for one week. Antioxidants in our body are extremely important elements, which make damaging and harmful substances ineffective and prevent cells from being destroyed. Those who consume olive oil regularly have high antioxidant level. Furthermore, many researches have proved that olive oil has prevented cardiovascular diseases.

Saturated fats with high cholesterol level are being consumed in the countries where cardiovascular diseases are quite common. This wrong habit of eating can be stopped by Mediterranean diet that is consumption of olive oil.
As olive oil controls and put cholesterol level in order, it is also recommended as medication in cardiovascular diseases.

Besides this, it arranges the proportion of Omega-6 fat acid to Omega-3 fat acid. Consumption of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fat acids at a certain level is extremely important for human body. In case of imbalance in these proportions, diseases including cancer, many diseases related to heart and immunity system may appear and progress.

 As a result of these reasons, many people find health with olive oil. American Heart Union, in order to reduce the risk of heart disease, has discovered high single unsaturated fat diets can be alternative for % 30 low fat diet.

Effects of Olive Oil on Preventing Cancer:

A study which has been issued in the journal called The Archives of Internal Medicine has indicated that the women who consume olive oil at a high level have less risk of catching breast cancer.

In another study which has been carried out by Buffalo University researchers in New York, it has been proved that the substance called B-sitesterol found in vegetable oils such as olive oil can be effective in preventing development of cells of prostate cancer. Researches have indicated that B-sitesterol has strengthened the system of communication inside cells which command cells not to be divided, and thus cancer can be prevented without cell growth being uncontrollable.

In recent research carried out by doctors in Oxford University, it has been found that olive oil has a protective effect against intestine cancer. Doctors have found that olive oil undergoes a chemical reaction with the acids in stomach in order to prevent the start of intestine cancer. Oxford researchers have also found that olive oil, by reducing the amount of bile acids and increasing the level of DAO (Diamin Oxidize Enzyme), prevent abnormal cell increase and has a protective effect against cancer.

According to the reports of researches, those who consume olive oil and vegetables a lot have less risk of having rheumatic artery(artery infection), which is a chronic disease in joints. 

Effects of Olive Oil on Bone Development:

Olive oil, with E, A, D and K vitamins it contains, is very important in terms of helping bone development of children and adults and strengthening the bones by preventing calcium loss. Old people are  also recommended to consume olive oil; because its digestion is easy and helps minerals and vitamins to be used in the body. It is also effective in minerals covering the bones and thus calcium loss is prevented. Bones constitute the store of mineral substances of organism, and where there is no collection of minerals in bones, serious diseases such as osteolysis may appear. For these reasons, olive oil has a very positive effect on our skeleton system.

Effects of Olive Oil on Aging:

As the vitamins which olive oil contains have the quality of renewing cells, they are used in anti-aging treatment, feed and protect the skin. We take some substances called “free radicals” in our body along with foods. Olive oil, with primarily vitamin E and other anti-oxidants it contains, prevents the destruction which these harmful substances cause in our body, renews our cells and delays aging of our tissues and organs.

Olive Oil Reduces High Tension:

The study which was issued in Archives of Internal Medicine dated 27th March 2000 puts, once more again, emphasis on the positive effect of olive oil for high tension. Moreover, high tension medication is produced with the leaves of olive tree.

Effects of Olive Oil on Inner Organs:

Olive oil reduces the acid of stomach and in this way it protects the stomach against diseases such as gastritis and ulcer. Besides this, it activates bile secretion and helps digestion become perfect. It arranges discharge process of gall bladder and reduces the risk of gallstone. Besides this, it also helps kidney function well, and thus it eases throw of waste out of the body. In addition to these benefits, olive oil has a positive effect on the veins of brain.

Olive Oil; A Reality Which Has Been Known for Ages:

As it is clearly seen, today, many scientific men think that nutrition model based on olive oil is the best, healthiest and the most perfect nutrition model. Considering these features of olive oil, the basic nutrients which must be included in the daily diet are said to be olive and olive oil. The benefits of olive oil to which Allah (God) has drawn attention, have been discovered only when medical science has developed.

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