8 Surprising Benefits of Olives

8 Surprising Benefits of Olives

 

Credit to Organic Facts by by John Staughton

Olives are nutritious and delicious fruits with a range of health benefits including their ability to protect against antioxidant damage, heart disease, reverse bone loss, prevent various cancers, reduce inflammation and arthritis and improve digestion. They help to soothe allergic reactions, improve blood circulation, boost cognitive function, defend against infections, and lower blood pressure.

What are Olives?

Olives are oval-shaped fruits, botanically known as Olea Europaea. Olives are native to the Mediterranean region, tropical and central Asia, warmer regions of South America and various parts of Africa. They have been used for their culinary value and medicinal benefits for thousands of years, way back to ancient Greece and Rome. They are a staple ingredient in the Mediterranean diet and are enjoyed in salads, sandwiches, pizzas, pesto, or tapenade. Table olives (the ones which are not grown for extracting oil) can be consumed as a salty snack or appetizer.

There are close to 2,000 varieties of olives grown across the world, and each of them has more or less of the important components that add to your health. The two main types of olives are black olives and green olives.

Nutritional Value of Olives

The health and medicinal benefits of olives mainly come from iron, calcium, fiber, copper, vitamin E, vitamin K, choline, sodium, phenolic compounds, and oleic acid present in them. Olives are a rich source of antioxidants like oleuropein, hydroxytyrosol, tyrosol, oleanolic acid, and quercetin. They also have a low glycemic index (GI).

Nutrition Facts

Olives, ripe, canned (small-extra large)
Serving Size :
Nutrient Value
Water [g] 79.99
Energy [kcal] 116
Protein [g] 0.84
Total lipid (fat) [g] 10.9
Carbohydrate, by difference [g] 6.04
Fiber, total dietary [g] 1.6
Sugars, total [g] 0
Calcium, Ca [mg] 88
Iron, Fe [mg] 6.28
Magnesium, Mg [mg] 4
Phosphorus, P [mg] 3
Potassium, K [mg] 8
Sodium, Na [mg] 735
Zinc, Zn [mg] 0.22
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid [mg] 0.9
Thiamin [mg] 0
Riboflavin [mg] 0
Niacin [mg] 0.04
Vitamin B-6 [mg] 0.01
Folate, DFE [µg] 0
Vitamin B-12 [µg] 0
Vitamin A, RAE [µg] 17
Vitamin A, IU [IU] 330
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) [mg] 1.65
Vitamin D (D2 + D3) [µg] 0
Vitamin D [IU] 0
Vitamin K (phylloquinone) [µg] 1.4
Fatty acids, total saturated [g] 2.28
Fatty acids, total monounsaturated [g] 7.65
Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated [g] 0.63
Fatty acids, total trans [g] 0
Cholesterol [mg] 0
Caffeine [mg] 0
Sources include : USDA

Health Benefits of Olives

Let’s explore the health benefits in greater detail below.

Antioxidant Properties

Olives are antioxidant powerhouses, which work right from reducing inflammation to fighting bad bacteria. Studies have shown that eating olives can raise levels of glutathione, a powerful antioxidant, in the blood. These fruits also act as a defense against bacteria that cause airway and stomach infections.

Improve Heart Health

Olives possess a monounsaturated fat called oleic acid, which has been linked to preventing heart diseases like atherosclerosis, heart attacks, plaque build-up, and strokes. The oil of olives is where this oleic acid is located, and it is responsible for lowering the blood pressure and cholesterol, which reduces the chances of cardiovascular complications and general stress on the system.

Furthermore, olives are rich in antioxidants which are commonly linked to cancer prevention, but also protect the heart. Phenolic compounds like hydroxytyrosol are antioxidants that act as anticoagulants to thin the blood, which reduces the chances of developing blood clots that block the flow of blood. It further eases the blood vessel tension and dilates the blood vessels, which reduces the strain on the heart and increases blood flow. This ensures proper functioning and oxygenation of the various organ systems. Also, the fiber present in olives boosts heart health by eliminating excess cholesterol in the blood.

Prevent Cancer

The mystery surrounding the “cure for cancer” remains a major problem in the world today. There are many alternative ways to treat, slow down, or even prevent cancer from occurring. First of all, olives contain anthocyanins, which are positively connected to cancer prevention as an antioxidant and an anti-inflammatory substance. Antioxidants defend the body against free radicals, which mutate healthy cells into cancerous ones, so adding as many antioxidants as you can is the best way to protect yourself.

Secondly, olives have oleic acid as mentioned earlier, which inhibit certain growth factor receptors that trigger the development of breast cancer. Lastly, hydroxytyrosol comes into play for a third time, working to prevent DNA mutation and abnormal cell growth. In other words, it acts as a second type of antioxidant. Even the skin of the olive contains maslinic acid, which has been connected to programmed cell death (apoptosis) in colon cancer cells.

Lower Bone Loss

People eating a traditional “Mediterranean diet” have been found to have lower instances of bone loss and osteoporosis, but the definite explanation behind this phenomenon was only discovered recently. The compound mentioned earlier, hydroxytyrosol, as well as oleuropein, have been positively linked in research studies to increased calcium deposition and bone growth, leading to a distinct drop in osteoporosis. Add a healthy amount of olives or olive oil to your diet if you are already at a risk for bone degeneration, or if you have some family history of it.

Reduce Inflammation

Various compounds in olives function not only as antioxidant compounds but also as anti-inflammatory ones. These reduce the inflammation from the body, which includes a reduction in pain and irritation in the joints, muscles, injuries, tendons, and other extremities. Particularly in terms of arthritis, gout, and other rheumatic conditions, olives can be a major benefit and it alleviates the associated pain.

Aid Digestion

Olives are a healthy source of fiber, supplying almost 20% of the daily requirements for fiber in a single cup. High fiber content ensures proper functioning of your digestive system. It stimulates peristaltic motion in the intestines, ensuring smooth bowel movements. Fiber also makes you feel full, so ghrelin, the hunger hormone, doesn’t get released, and therefore, overeating can be controlled. Not only can fiber increase your digestive and gastrointestinal health, but it can also help you lose weight. Fiber also boosts heart health by working to eliminate excess cholesterol in the blood.

Health benefits of olive - infographic

Treat Allergies

In relation to their anti-inflammatory activities, olives can also help to reduce the intensity or frequency of allergic reactions. Certain components of olives function as anti-histamines by blocking the receptor sites for histamines, which induce allergic reactions. By adding olives to your diet, you may reduce the signs of seasonal allergies, as well as specific allergic reactions. This is a powerful and beneficial aspect of olives that is often overlooked.

Improve Circulation

Olives are a rich source of both iron and copper, two essential components for the creation of red blood cells. Without these two minerals, red blood cell count in the body will diminish, resulting in anemia. It is characterized by fatigue, upset stomachs, headaches, cognitive malfunction, and a general decline of organ health and functionality.

Antibacterial Qualities

Oleuropein, a valuable chemical component of olives, also functions as an antimicrobial and antibacterial agent for the body. Eating plenty of olives increases the presence of this chemical, which defends against bacterial infections throughout the body, both internally and externally.

Skin Care

Intake of olives helps reduce signs of aging such as wrinkles and other skin-related diseases. Olives can be used as an effective skin cleanser. The presence of copper, iron, fiber, and vitamin E along with other nutrients in them aid in keeping skin soft and healthy.

Side Effects of Olives

Olives are generally extremely healthy food. However, there are some seasonal allergies associated with olive tree pollen, which can sometimes get into the olives so allergic reactions are not unheard of.

Also, consider the potent acids and organic compounds in olives and olive oil. It is not recommended to eat too many olives while pregnant or breastfeeding, as insufficient studies have been done on the transference of material from the mother to the child.



100 thoughts on “8 Surprising Benefits of Olives”

  • Hi, I do think this is a great blog. I stumbledupon it 😉 I
    may come back yet again since i have book-marked it.
    Money and freedom is the greatest way to change, may you be rich and continue to help other people.

  • Helpful information. Lucky me I discovered your web
    site accidentally, and I am stunned why this
    accident did not happened in advance! I bookmarked it.

  • Simply wish to say your article is as astounding. The clarity to
    your publish is just excellent and i can assume you are a professional in this subject.
    Fine together with your permission let me to seize your feed
    to stay updated with coming near near post. Thank you 1,000,000 and please carry on the
    enjoyable work.

  • I’m really enjoying the design and layout of your site.
    It’s a very easy on the eyes which makes it much more pleasant for me to come here
    and visit more often. Did you hire out a developer
    to create your theme? Outstanding work!

  • Thank you for the auspicious writeup. It in fact was
    a amusement account it. Look advanced to more added agreeable from you!
    However, how can we communicate? pof natalielise

  • Great blog here! Also your website lots up very fast!
    What web host are you the usage of? Can I get your affiliate
    hyperlink for your host? I wish my web site loaded up as quickly as yours lol

  • I’m amazed, I have to admit. Rarely do I come across a blog
    that’s both equally educative and engaging, and
    let me tell you, you have hit the nail on the head.
    The problem is an issue that too few people are speaking intelligently about.
    I’m very happy I stumbled across this in my search for
    something concerning this.

  • Thanks for a marvelous posting! I seriously enjoyed reading
    it, you will be a great author.I will make sure
    to bookmark your blog and will eventually come back in the
    foreseeable future. I want to encourage you to definitely continue your great writing, have a nice weekend!

  • Excellent post. Keep writing such kind of info on your site.

    Im really impressed by your blog.
    Hi there, You have done an excellent job. I’ll definitely digg it and individually
    recommend to my friends. I’m sure they will be benefited from this site.

  • Having read this I thought it was rather enlightening. I appreciate you spending some time and energy to put this short article together.
    I once again find myself personally spending a significant amount of time both reading and posting comments.
    But so what, it was still worth it!

  • I was very pleased to find this great site. I
    need to to thank you for ones time due to this fantastic read!!
    I definitely liked every part of it and I have you saved to fav to check out new
    things in your blog.

  • Please let me know if you’re looking for a article author for your blog.
    You have some really good articles and I think I would be a good asset.
    If you ever want to take some of the load off, I’d really like
    to write some content for your blog in exchange for a link
    back to mine. Please shoot me an e-mail if interested. Cheers!

  • Wonderful beat ! I wish to apprentice at the same time as you amend your web
    site, how can i subscribe for a blog web site?

    The account aided me a applicable deal. I were tiny bit acquainted
    of this your broadcast offered bright transparent concept

  • Wonderful blog you have here but I was curious about if you knew of any community forums that cover the
    same topics discussed in this article? I’d really love to be a part of group where I can get feedback from other knowledgeable people that share the same interest.
    If you have any suggestions, please let me know.
    Thank you!

  • I have been surfing on-line greater than 3 hours these
    days, yet I never found any interesting article like yours.
    It’s lovely value sufficient for me. Personally, if all webmasters and bloggers made just right content as you probably did, the net will likely be a lot
    more helpful than ever before.

  • When I initially commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox and now each time a comment is added I get four e-mails
    with the same comment. Is there any way you can remove me from that service?
    Thanks a lot!

  • I know this if off topic but I’m looking into starting my own blog
    and was wondering what all is needed to get setup?
    I’m assuming having a blog like yours would cost a pretty
    penny? I’m not very internet smart so I’m not 100% positive.
    Any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated. Kudos

  • Woah! I’m really enjoying the template/theme of this blog.
    It’s simple, yet effective. A lot of times it’s challenging to get that “perfect balance”
    between user friendliness and visual appeal. I must say that you’ve done a superb job with this.
    In addition, the blog loads extremely fast for me on Opera.
    Exceptional Blog!

  • You are so awesome! I don’t suppose I’ve read a single thing
    like that before. So great to discover someone with genuine thoughts on this issue.
    Really.. thank you for starting this up. This website is something that is required on the web, someone
    with a little originality!

  • Hi there! I just wanted to ask if you ever have any problems with hackers?
    My last blog (wordpress) was hacked and I ended up losing months of hard work due to
    no back up. Do you have any solutions to protect against hackers?

  • With havin so much content do you ever run into any issues of plagorism or copyright violation? My website has a lot of exclusive content I’ve either written myself or outsourced but it seems a lot of it is popping it up all over the internet without my agreement. Do you know any techniques to help protect against content from being stolen? I’d genuinely appreciate it.

  • Excellent blog! Do you have any helpful hints for aspiring writers? I’m hoping to start my own site soon but I’m a little lost on everything. Would you recommend starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option? There are so many choices out there that I’m totally confused .. Any ideas? Thanks!

  • Good site! I really love how it is easy on my eyes and the data are well written. I am wondering how I could be notified when a new post has been made. I have subscribed to your RSS which must do the trick! Have a great day!

  • It’s difficult to find experienced people about this topic,
    however, you sound like you know what you’re talking about!
    Thanks

  • With havin so much content do you ever run into any problems of
    plagorism or copyright violation? My site has a lot of completely unique content I’ve either authored
    myself or outsourced but it looks like a
    lot of it is popping it up all over the internet without my permission. Do you know any methods to help prevent content from
    being ripped off? I’d genuinely appreciate it.

  • naturally like your web-site but you have to check the spelling on several of your posts. Many of them are rife with spelling problems and I find it very bothersome to tell the truth nevertheless I’ll definitely come back again.

  • Hi! I’ve been following your blog for a long time now and finally got
    the bravery to go ahead and give you a shout out from
    Humble Tx! Just wanted to mention keep up the fantastic job!

  • Hey, you used to write wonderful, but the last several posts have been kinda boring… I miss your super writings. Past several posts are just a bit out of track! come on!

  • When I originally left a comment I appear to have clicked the
    -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and from now on each time a comment
    is added I receive four emails with the exact same comment.
    There has to be a way you can remove me from that service?
    Thanks a lot!

  • I think that everything wrote made a bunch of sense. However, what about this?suppose you wrote a catchier title? I ain’t suggesting your information is not solid, however what if you added something that makes people want more?I mean Hire Joomla Developers Economically – AllCAD Solutions is kinda vanilla.You could peek at Yahoo’s home page and see how they create news headlines to grab people interested.You might add a video or a related pic or two to get people excited about everything’ve got to say.In my opinion, it could bring your posts a little livelier.

  • Heya! I just wanted to ask if you ever have any issues with hackers? My last blog (wordpress) was hacked and I ended up losing many months of hard work due to no back up. Do you have any methods to stop hackers?

  • Thank you, I’ve just been looking for information approximately this subject for a while and yours is the greatest I have discovered till now. However, what concerning the conclusion? Are you sure concerning the source?

  • Whats Taking place i am new to this, I stumbled upon this I have discovered It absolutely helpful and it has helped me out loads. I hope to contribute & help different customers like its helped me. Good job.

  • What’s up?

    I found this article very interesting…please read!

    Do you remember the blockbuster hit film The Matrix that was released in 1999? You may not know this, but it has deep spiritual implications concerning the times we are living in and Bible prophecy.

    It tells a story of how these “agents” are trying to turn us into machines. We are closer then ever before for this to become a reality when they cause us to receive an implantable microchip in our body during a time when physical money will be no more.

    You may have seen on NBC news concerning the implantable RFID microchip that some people are getting put in their hand to make purchases, but did you know this microchip matches perfectly with prophecy in the Bible?

    “He (the false prophet who deceives many by his miracles) causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name…

    You also may have heard of the legendary number “666” that people have been speculating for possibly thousands of years on what it actually means. This article shares something I haven’t seen before, and I don’t think there could be any better explanation for what it means to calculate 666. This is no hoax. Very fascinating stuff!

    …Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666″ (Revelation 13:16-18 NKJV).

    To see all the details showing why the Bible foretold of all these things, check out this article!

    Article: https://biblewoke.com/rfid-mark-of-the-beast-666-revealed

    GOD is sending out His end time warning:

    “Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, ‘If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name'” (Revelation 14:9-11).

    In the Islamic religion they have man called the Mahdi who is known as their messiah of whom they are waiting to take the stage. There are many testimonies from people online who believe this man will be Barack Obama who is to be the biblical Antichrist based off dreams they have received. I myself have had strange dreams about him like no other person. So much so that I decided to share this information.

    He came on stage claiming to be a Christian with no affiliation to the Muslim faith…

    “In our lives, Michelle and I have been strengthened by our Christian faith. But there have been times where my faith has been questioned — by people who don’t know me — or they’ve said that I adhere to a different religion, as if that were somehow a bad thing,” – Barack Obama

    …but was later revealed by his own family members that he indeed is a devout Muslim.

    So what’s in the name? The meaning of someones name can say a lot about a person. God throughout history has given names to people that have a specific meaning tied to their lives. How about the name Barack Obama? Let us take a look at what may be hiding beneath the surface…

    “And He (Jesus) said to them (His disciples), ‘I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven'” (Luke 10:18).

    In the Hebrew language we can uncover the meaning behind the name Barack Obama.

    Barack, also transliterated as Baraq, in Hebrew is: lightning

    baraq – Biblical definition:

    From Strongs H1299; lightning; by analogy a gleam; concretely a flashing sword: – bright, glitter (-ing, sword), lightning. (Strongs Hebrew word H1300 baraq baw-rawk’)

    Barak ‘O’bamah, The use of bamah is used to refer to the “heights” of Heaven.

    bamah – Biblical definition:

    From an unused root (meaning to be high); an elevation: – height, high place, wave. (Strongs Hebrew word H1116 bamah baw-maw’)

    The day following the election of Barack Obama (11/04/08), the winning pick 3 lotto numbers in Illinois (Obama’s home state) for 11/5/08 were 666.

    Obama was a U.S. senator for Illinois, and his zip code was 60606.

    Seek Jesus while He may be found…repent, confess and forsake your sins and trust in the savior! Jesus says we must be born again by His Holy Spirit to enter the kingdom of God…God bless!

  • Question… Would you like instant access to a system that could potentially put you in the top 5 of affiliate marketers. I’m talkin’ about the women and men who pocket DAILY affiliate commissions… the people how pocket 100K or more a year selling OTHER peoples products Sound good? If you, I’d like to invite to to be part of the “Super Affiliate” Club Even if you’ve never made a dime as an affiliate before, you can put yourself on the fast-track to success with this http://divineurl.com/28di0

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *