Olive oil is extracted from the fruits that grow on olive trees, and the whole fruits are squeezed to obtain the oil that is rich in healthy monounsaturated fatty acids and olive oil Exist in Morocco. It is used in cooking, cosmetics, soap making, medicines, and as fuel for traditional lamps, and it should be noted that it has been observed that people who live in the Mediterranean and follow their diet rich in olive oil are less likely to suffer from many diseases compared to those who live in North America and Europe.

 

Benefits of olive oil.

Olive oil provides many health benefits to the human body, and we mention these benefits:

 

  • A rich source of monounsaturated fatty acids: as the fats in olive oil consist of 73% of oleic acid, it is believed that this type of fatty acid has some health effects in the genes that are linked to cancer, as it reduces Inflammation, and it should be noted that monounsaturated acids can resist heat, so it can be said that olive oil is one of the healthy options for use in cooking.

  • A source of antioxidants: The antioxidants in olive oil have been found to help reduce inflammation and prevent the oxidation of cholesterol in the blood, which are problems that can increase the risk of heart disease.

  • Possessing anti-inflammatory properties: As olive oil contains Oleocanthal, a compound that has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, it has been found to work in a similar way to ibuprofen. Also, it has been found that the antioxidants present in Olive oil help suppress some genes and proteins that cause inflammation, and the oleic acid in olive oil also has anti-inflammatory properties, as it reduces inflammatory markers in the body, including the C-reactive protein.

  • Reducing the risk of strokes: In one study in which more than 841,000 people participated, it was found that olive oil was the only source of monounsaturated fatty acids that reduce the risk of strokes and heart disease, and in another study that included 140,000 people that olive oil reduces The risk of stroke, which is the second-largest cause of death in developed countries.

  • Reducing the risk of heart disease: Some studies have indicated that people who follow the Mediterranean diet are less likely to develop heart disease, and scientists believe that its positive effects stem from being rich in extra virgin olive oil. As it reduces inflammation, reduces blood pressure, and the need to take drugs that reduce it protects the lining of blood vessels and their functions and has been found to prevent bad cholesterol oxidation and blood clotting.

  • Possessing anti-bacterial properties: In one study, it was found that extra virgin olive oil was effective against 8 strains of Helicobacter pylori, or the so-called stomach germ, which is a type of bacteria that lives in the stomach and causes ulcers or cancer. One study indicated that consuming thirty grams of extra virgin olive oil for two weeks reduces the risk of infection with stomach bacteria by 10-40%.