The health and therapeutic benefits of extra virgin olive oil were first mentioned by Hippocrates, the father of medicine. For centuries, the nutritional, cosmetic and medicinal benefits of olive oil have been recognized by the people of the Mediterranean.
Olive oil was used to maintain young skin, heal abrasions, and soothe the burning and drying effects of sun and cold weather. Olive oil was administered both internally, and externally - for health and beauty.
Recent research has now provided firm proof that a Mediterranean diet, which includes extra virgin olive oil, is not only generally healthy, but that consuming olive oil can actually help lower cholesterol.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil "Don Anecio" contains "antioxidants' that discourage artery clogging and chronic diseases, including cancer. There are three kinds of dietary fats: saturated (animal), polyunsaturated (plants, seeds, nuts, vegetable oils), and monounsaturated (extra virgin olive oil).
Extra Virgin Olive Oil "Don Anecio" is rich in vitamins A, B-1, B-2, C, D, E and K and in iron. Olive oil, which is also beneficial to the digestive system. Olive oil acts as a mild laxative, beneficial to the intestine by treating ulcers and gastritis. Olive oil is a good tonic, with "specific benefits" for people suffering from heart disease.
Olive oil has been regarded as the "Beauty Oil". The body's cells incorporate the valuable fatty acids from the oil, making arteries more supple and skin more lustrous. The amount of oleic acid in olive oil is about the same as that found in a mother's milk and is thus the best growth supplement for infants.
It is also effective in treating urinary tract infections and gall bladder problems. It is a perfect remedy for gastritis in children, it accelerates brain development and strengthens the bones.
Olive oil dissolves clots in capillaries, has been found to lower the degree of absorption of edible fats, and consequently slows down the "aging process".
Only animal-derived foods contain cholesterol (Bad Cholesterol). Olive oil is cholesterol-free.
Cholesterol is not entirely harmful; it is an essential building block for cell membranes, nerve fiber coverings, vitamin D and sex hormones.
The body manufactures all the cholesterol it needs, so any cholesterol in foods we eat is excessive. Excess cholesterol causes a gradual accumulation of fatty deposits and connective tissue, known as plaque, along the walls of blood vessels.
Eventually, plaque builds up, narrows the arteries and reduces blood flow, in this way increasing the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Cholesterol is manufactured in the liver and is vital for the structure of cell walls.
No other naturally produced oil has as large an amount of monounsaturated fatty acids as olive oil, which mainly contains oleic acid. The modest amount of well-balanced polyunsaturated fatty acids in olive oil is well protected by antioxidant substances.
It is widely believed that antioxidant substances such as vitamins E, K and polyphenols found in olive oil provide a defense mechanism that delays aging and prevents carcinogenesis, therosclerosis, liver disorders and inflammations.
Since olive oil is not 'tortured' during extraction, these substances are left unspoiled, making the olive oil very stable even when frying. So contrary to common belief, olive oil undergoes a smaller degree of deterioration during frying than other oils. Due to its chemical structure, olive oil is of unrivaled organoleptic value and thus the oil best suited for human consumption. It is very well tolerated by the stomach. In fact, its protective function has a beneficial effect on gastritis and ulcers.
It is a cholagogue, activating the 'secretion' of pancreatic hormones and bile much more naturally than prescribed drugs.
Consequently, it lowers the incidence of cholelithiasis (gallstone formation). Its excellent digestibility promotes the overall absorption of nutrients, especially vitamins and mineral salts. It has a positive effect on constipation.
Bones need a large amount of oleates and what source could be better than olive oil?
Promoting bone mineralisation, it is excellent for infants and the elderly who have bone calcification problems. It also has beneficial effects on brain and nervous system development as well as on overall growth.
It shields the body against infection and helps in the healing of tissues, internal and external.
"Don Anecio" is a panacea, the perfect oil for all ages. And every time scientists look into the reasons behind an olive oil advantage empirically known and employed by the peoples of the Mediterranean, it is certain that they will come across evidence of yet another unique biological attribute.