Although palm and coconut oils are rather controversial in their actual health benefits; other plant-based oils should provide with pure advantages. Olive oil is known for its culinary and ceremonial purpose. With its beneficial fat content, you should be able to lower cholesterol level and reduce the heart attack risks. Vitamin E and vitamin K in olive oil work as antioxidants, as well preventing, liver disorders, arteriosclerosis, and carcinogenesis, as well as delaying aging process. Like many plant-based oils, olive oil should provide with about 77 percent of mono-unsaturated fats. With normal diet, it’s impossible to avoid taking bad cholesterol, but you should look for ways to achieve alter the balance between bad and good cholesterol.

Olive oil plays a significant part in our Mediterranean diet and it is considered among the healthiest. This is confirmed by the lower incidences of cancer, heart disease and various degenerative diseases. Oil is produced by pressing olive at the mill and this performed mechanically. Natural and untreated olive oil should be very healthy and the only follow-up production process is usually only filtration to remove any impurity. Olive oil is graded by its acidity, due to the presence of oleic acid. Extra virgin olive oil has the lowest amount of acidity, at about 0.8 grams of oleic acid per 100 grams of olive oil. Virgin olive oil contains up to 2 grams of oleic acid per 100 grams. If the oil producer is reputable enough, they should comply with this standardization.

Other than its significant health benefits for direct consumption, olive oil can be used for improving the health of our skin and hair, through direct usage. Women can have softer hands by mixing ½ teaspoon of sea salt with one teaspoon of olive oil. You can use the mixture to massage your hands. The small bits of sea salt should exfoliate our skin and the oil itself should soften our skin. After performing this for a week, it can be surprising to see how blemish-free, smooth and soft our skin is. The same effect can also be applied on our feet, knees and elbow. Olive oil should also allow us with manageable, shiny and soft hair. You can do this by massaging your hair with olive oil and leave it for about 30 minutes to 1 hour, depending on your situation.

Then, you can rinse your hair by shampooing it. Repeat this every five days. You may also need to prevent dandruff, by mixing eau de cologne with olive oil; then rub the mixture on your hair. Olive oil should also be useful for having a relaxing massage. In this case, you need to warm some amount of olive oil and you can do this by placing a container filled with olive oil for about 5 minutes. You may add a few drops of your preferred essential oil into the warm olive oil, before using it for massaging. It is clear that olive oil can provide so many benefits.