Olives are enjoyed in many different ways, notably as part of Mediterranean cuisine, whether as a pizza topping or pickled. But did you know that the stone fruit has a wealth of health advantages as well? These include being a good source of antioxidants and being high in vitamin E.
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A dietician named Lovneet Batra recently shared on Instagram the various advantages of eating this fruit. “Eating olives is enjoyable and delicious. But did you know about the numerous unexpected health advantages they provide?” she asked in the caption.
1. The best snack for your heart: Both high blood pressure and high cholesterol are risk factors for developing heart disease. The primary fatty acid in olives, oleic acid, is linked to better heart health. She wrote that it might control cholesterol levels and prevent the oxidation of LDL (bad) cholesterol.
2. Aid in controlling appetite: She added that olives can suppress appetite. This is so that the monounsaturated fatty acids in healthful olives can slow down digestion and activate the hormone cholecystokinin, which tells the brain that it is full and satisfied.
3. Promote skin health: Olives are an excellent source of tocotrienols, which support skin health, immune system function, and cell function. It has been discovered that vitamin E shields skin from UV light, so assisting in its defence against skin cancer and early ageing.
4. Helps with arthritis: Olives contain oleocanthal anti-inflammatory compounds that stop the production of the inflammatory COX-1 and COX-2 enzymes. Type 2 diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis may be brought on by these enzymes.