If you are one of those people who hate olives on a pizza, step aside and listen carefully, there is something you didn’t know. Olives happen to be incredibly healthy, and olive oil, and olive leaf extract are so good for you that you should probably reconsider your animosity. They are good for your blood, great for your stomach, hair and skin, and it’s no wonder people in ancient times called olive oil ‘liquid gold’.
They are a good source of iron
If your feet and hands are always cold, you could be suffering from anemia and you should be taking in more iron. This is when olives step in – olives in general (black ones in particular) are very high in iron. Once your blood gets enough iron, it will carry oxygen throughout the body much more easily which means that you will not be feeling so cold or so weak anymore. It gets better, though: iron produces more energy and it will give your immune system a boost.
Great for your skin – and weight
Olives are also rich in oleic acid which will have great effect on your appearance as well since they are able to improve the appearance of wrinkles by 20%. Your skin will be healthy and soft like the skin that beautiful Mediterranean women have. And there is more than just benefits for your skin: if you eat approximately 10 olives before a meal, your appetite will be significantly lower. This happens because of the presence of monounsaturated fatty acids in olives which can slow down the digestion process. In addition, olives help stimulate production of chemical called adiponectin, which helps burn fat.
Great for blood
It’s not that olives are just tasty and healthy, but olive leaf extract can do wonders with your blood. Olive leaf extract helps reduce blood pressure, and help prevent it at the same time. Because it is good for your blood, it also helps improve the health and the general condition of your arteries. The result of all of this is significantly lower chance of experiencing a heart attack and stroke. It can also help lower blood sugar too which makes it beneficial for people suffering from diabetes.
Beauty benefits of olive oil
When it comes to olive oil and beauty, do we have a list for you! Parched lips? No problem; simply combine coarse sugar with a teaspoon of olive oil and scrub lips to ‘fix’ them. It’s not just for lips, this simple mixture can help exfoliate and moisturize your whole body. Nails break easily? Soften your cuticles with olive oil, and your nails will grow faster and be much stronger and healthier. Want shiny and healthy hair? Rub some olive oil on separate strands of hair after you style it and it will give you an elegant and glossy finish in a blink of an eye.
Now that you have had you mind changed about the reason why you should be eating olives, here is one more thing to know: you don’t have to eat them. Nobody in the world should make you eat, drink, and do things you don’t like, but you should still use olive oil and olive leaf extract on your skin and in hair care routine because it’s really good for you.