Olives and olive oil are famous for being nutritious and heart and immune supporting. The leaves are also highly important as a medicine.
Here are 3 facts to know about these powerful healing fruit (olive), oil, and leaves:
- Recent research suggests that olive leaves may be a true antiviral with compounds that selectively block an entire virus-specific system not addressed by pharmaceutical antivirals. It is also known for protecting against cardiovascular disease and protecting the central nervous system.
Monounsaturated fat is considered one of the “good” fats among plant oils. Olives and olive oil contain the highest levels of monounsaturated fat compared to any other source.
- Monounsaturated fat does not oxidize in the body and is therefore not carcinogenic. The oil has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that can help prevent strokes, cancer, and heart disease, as well as promote bone health.
- Olives are very bitter, so they must be cured and fermented to reduce the oleuropein compound that makes them bitter. However, it is this compound that provides many of the healing attributes of olives and olive oil. As the leaves are not fermented but dried, it makes them especially potent in this compound and therefore as a medicine.
Find out more about all things olive and start boosting your heart and immune health today!