Know all the wonderful benefits of olives and olive tree for your body and skin

Know all the wonderful benefits of olives and olive tree for your body and skin

On different occasions we have highlighted the importance of diet and good nutrition for the care of people. In this article we will talk, specifically, about the benefits of olives and olive trees for the body and skin.

Olives and other products derived from the olive tree have been part of people's diets for hundreds of years, even more so if we talk about the Mediterranean diet, which has been catalogued as a healthy diet that provides a good amount of nutrients (Mayo Clinic).

Olives and other products derived from the olive tree have been part of people's diets for hundreds of years

Olives contain polyphenolic antioxidants, elements that are not present in other foods or common products, since their structure is different from that of the vitamins and other antioxidants contained in fruits and vegetables. These antioxidants can be key components of the Mediterranean diet and their benefits for the body.

Benefits of olives and olive trees

Olives and other olive products contain B vitamins and provitamins A and E, all of which help fight cell damage, and also function as natural moisturizers to protect the skin from different factors, one of which is aging.

Olives are an important source of iron (especially black olives) and fiber. It is important to point out that olives have a high content of minerals, among which sodium stands out, so their consumption should be limited or controlled, more so in people with hypertension problems (Spanish Nutrition Foundation).

This food is also a natural source of calcium, a basic element for preventing the weakening of the bones, a characteristic that has attracted the attention of scientists to investigate, and to know if the low rates of people suffering from osteoporosis in Mediterranean countries are related to its consumption.

Olives and other olive products contain B vitamins and provitamins A and E

As if this were not enough, olive oil has hydroxytyrosol, which is an antioxidant compound soluble in water. Among its most important properties are: being an anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and a good anti-aging ally. In fact, it is used in different skin care products.

In fact, emerging research, carried out in the United States, on the capacity of nutrients in the diet has found that olive compounds can stimulate certain molecular pathways. In particular, hydroxytyrosol has shown promise for cardiovascular health, skin, mind, and more.

Olive oil and skin

For centuries, olive oil and its extracts have been used as moisturizers. There are botanical mixtures that, together with this element, moisturize and soften the skin. In addition, it helps in its natural repair process, and as if that were not enough, the extract of the olive tree can neutralize the negative effects caused by free radicals.

Alejandro Peña

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