As the coronavirus continues to spread throughout the world, businesses are temporary closed, schools closed. Many of us are self-isolating at home. This could leave us could stressed or depressed. The old words said “Look for the opportunity in every situation” that is so true! Coronavirus actually made me step back and think about how to stay fit and healthy while staying home. The first thing comes to mind is “FOOD” If you’ve been following fabmood you would’ve probably seen our previous posts about healthy lifestyles , that we have added to our site, we hope you will find this information useful.
If you are starting a new healthy eating program, you will want to make sure that olive oil is included. It can improve your general health. There is no doubt that olive oil is healthy and considered as a “super food“, but like all foods that are beneficial to us, you cannot go overboard when consuming them. Even though olive oil contains healthy fats, it is still high in calories and should be used with moderation.
Olive oil has a lot of vitamin E and vitamin K with essential fatty acids and antioxidants. In addition to bolstering the immune system and helping to protect against viruses, it has also been found to be effective in fighting against diseases. Below are some of the main health benefits of olive oil.
Maintains Good Cholesterol Levels
One of the key health benefits of this oil is to reduce the bad cholesterol. It contains a potent mix of antioxidants that can lower your “bad” (LDL) cholesterol but leave your “good” (HDL) cholesterol untouched. The cholesterol lowering effects of this oil are even greater if you choose extra-virgin olive oil, meaning this oil is less processed and contains more heart-healthy antioxidants.
Olive oil is antioxidant rich
It contains many substances that are good for the heart and the immune system and can improve your blood pressure. Antioxidants are important for your health and olive oil is one of the best sources of it.
Good for Stomach
Another health benefit of this oil is that it is good for your stomach. It is most tolerated by the stomach due to its high oleic acid content. Since ancient times, it has been ingested to treat gastritis and Gastro-Duodenal ulcers. Do you feel a little constipated? Take two tablespoons of olive oil in the morning on an empty stomach.
The healthy fats in olive oil are used by the body to create natural anti-inflammatory agents which help reduce the severity of both arthritis and asthma. Cell membranes that are not inflamed are able to transport healthy nutrients into the cells and move the waste products out.
Reduce the Risk of Diabetes
It has been demonstrated that a diet that is rich in olive oil, low in saturated fats, moderately rich in carbohydrates and soluble fiber from fruit, vegetables, pulses and grains is the most effective approach for diabetics. It helps lower “bad” low-density lipoproteins while improving blood sugar control and enhances insulin sensitivity.
Olive oil benefits your body in so many ways that many doctors recommend using olive oil in all of your diet. Even if you just rely solely on it for healthy benefits, you can still greatly improve your health.