How Olive Oil Reduces Inflammation:
"While tasting extra-virgin olive oils in Sicily, Gary Beauchamp, PhD, director of the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia, noticed A ticklish, peppery sensation in the back of his throat. It was nearly identical to the “sting” he’d felt when swallowing a liquid form of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen and aspirin, during previous sensory studies. Further studies revealed that a compound in the oil, called oleocanthal, prevents the production of pro-inflammatory COX-1 and COX-2 enzymes – the same way NSAIDs work. “By inhibiting these enzymes, inflammation and the increase in pain sensitivity associated with them is dampened,” says Paul Breslin, PhD, co-author of the study. Researchers found the intensity of the “throaty bite” in an oil is directly related to the amount of oleocanthal it contains. “Stronger-flavored oils from Tuscany or other regions that use the same olive varietal, have the highest oleocanthal levels,” says Breslin.
The study’s researchers say that 50 milliliters (ml), which is about 3 1/2 Tbsp., is equal to a 200-mg tablet of ibuprofen. Breslin points out that amount of oil has more than 400 calories – a lot if you add this healthy fat without giving up others. To avoid excess calories, use extra-virgin olive oil in lieu of other fats, such as butter."
~ Arthritis Foundation.
But wait, there is more!!!
10 uses for olive oil!
1. Shine stainless steel.
Many cleaning standbys, such as ammonia, can dull and even corrode chrome or stainless steel. Olive oil, however, is a safe and effective shining agent.
2. Dust wooden furniture.
Apply a bit of oil to a cloth, and wipe.
3. Prevent wax from sticking to a candle holder.
Rub a thin coat on the base of the holder before inserting the candle. Dripped wax should peel away easily.
4. Silence squeaky doors.
Lubricate hinges by applying a small amount to a cloth, then wiping the top of the hinges so that the oil runs down the sides.
5. Moisturize cuticles.
Apply a small amount of olive oil to your nail beds.
6. Remove eye makeup.
Dab a little under the eyes, and rinse off with a washcloth.
7. Condition your hair.
Warm 1/2 cup olive oil, and liberally apply it to your hair. Cover your hair with a plastic grocery bag, then wrap it in a towel. Let it set for 45 minutes, then shampoo and thoroughly rinse.
Olive oil not only makes it easier for the blade to glide over your face or legs, but it moisturizes your skin as well.
9. Unstick a zipper.
Using a cotton swab, apply a drop to lubricate the teeth. (Avoid touching the fabric.) The zipper should move up and down freely.
10. Recondition an old baseball glove.
Just work the oil into the dry areas of your mitt with a soft cloth, let it set for 30 minutes, then wipe off any excess.
Now I can imagine you would rather know how, or if, olive oil is good for internal health, besides fighting inflammations. Well, here ya go:
"High cholesterol increases the risk of heart disease significantly for men over 45, so now’s the time to make a change for the better, if you haven’t already made the switch to heart-healthy omega-3 fats, like salmon and olive oil."
There are numerous ways to become and stay healthy, but only one way to be blessed, no matter what your age is. If you already haven't made the change for the best in your life then do it now: place your trust in Jesus! :-)
But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; I trust in the mercy of God forever and ever.