Olive oil is often referred to as the healthiest fat on earth. It’s full of healthy nutrients, vitamins and minerals and has been a major staple in the Mediterranean diet for thousands of years. Olive oil is made from olives and extracted using various methods. The healthiest type of olive oil is extra virgin, which is extracted by natural methods. It’s high in phenolic antioxidants, and contains substantial amounts of vitamin E and vitamin K. It also contains saturated fat, monounsaturated fat, and omega fatty acids.
The main health benefits of extra virgin olive oil come from the polyphenols. Containing such phenols as the cancer-preventing luteolin, the anti-inflammatory and anti-viral quercetin and the neuroprotective antioxidant oleuropein, olive oil can combat a wealth of health issues. It can lower blood pressure levels, improve heart health, reduce cholesterol levels, and can even combat Alzheimer’s and other cognitive declinations that occur with age.
Olive oil has also been shown to prevent skin cancers like melanoma. The vitamin E has anti-aging benefits, helps restore smoothness to the skin and provides protection against UV rays, and unlike other moisturizers, olive oil doesn’t clog the pores. Instead, it cleanses the surface and penetrates deep down into the skin.
Using olive oil to treat scars is quick and simple. Apply warm olive oil to the skin, and massage in well. Allow it to soak for thirty minutes before wiping off, or leave it on overnight to soak into the skin even more. Use extra virgin olive oil for the best results, and treat the affected area as often as needed.