Olive oil: benefits and properties at the table and for body care
Benefits and properties of olive oil
A food with multiple virtues that contributes to body growth, to the process of myelination of the brain and bone formation.Olive oil contains monounsaturated fats and is composed almost entirely by triglycerides. The most representative fatty acids are oleic, linoleic and palmitic. It is obtained by cold pressing of the olive pulp. The result is a fluid with a characteristic aroma and a color ranging from golden yellow to green.
Olive oil is rich in oleic acid (about 62%), the most abundant of the long-chain monounsaturated fatty acids present in our body, with great nourishing and emollient properties for the skin. It also contains a significant concentration of active antioxidant ingredients including: phenolic compounds, chlorophyll, vitamin E, beta-carotene (provitamin A), phytosterols (with reparative and anti-inflammatory action) and squalene (protects the skin from damage caused by ultraviolet rays) one of the main components of the surface of the skin.
During adulthood it is effective in the prevention of arterial disorders, heart and lowers the level of cholesterol in the blood. In addition to reducing the risk of heart disease, olive oil has an anti-aging function for the skin and bones as it is rich in vitamin E, which protects against decalcification, osteoporosis and fractures.
Uses of olive oil at the table and for the well-being of the body
Whether it is flavored, fruity, characterized by hints of almond, artichoke and ripe fruit,olive oil at the table goes very well with salads, soups, Tuscan ribollita, panzanella and many first or second courses.Extra virgin olive oil is always to be preferred in all hot preparations, including frying, because it is more resistant to high temperatures. Thanks to the content of oleic acid and vitamin E, olive oil has antioxidant properties, protects from the harmful action of free radicals and therefore prevents the effects of aging.
Olive oil, as well as for cooking, is excellent for the care and well-being of skin, hair and nails, easily available and not too expensive. It can be applied pure or mixed with other oils to promote absorption or with essential oils to strengthen the repairing action of the skin. Rich in emollient properties, deeply nourishes the skin and regulates the natural hydration system. It also has a soothing action on redness and irritation and is well tolerated by even the most sensitive skin. Olive oil can also be used on the reddened skin of newborns and in pregnancy to prevent stretch marks. Olive oil is also used for chapped skin, lip and hand care, to moisturize dry, mature skin or sensitive, irritated skin.
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