Olives and health

With significant benefits for health and long life, olives and their products are valuable components of our daily diet. The fruit was blessed from ancient times as a symbol of knowledge, wisdom, abundance, health, strength and beauty.

The ancient Greeks considered the olive a symbol of goodness and kindness, and even today, the olive branch symbolizes peace. The tree is grown for many years and many places are used for their benefits. Olives, olive oil, elegant wood and even leaves. It grows in subtropical areas in the United States, Latin America and especially in the Mediterranean.

The fruit of the olive is green and fleshy and converted to black-purple when fully mature, except for some varieties which remain green even when matured, and some adapt a copper color. When the olives ripen, the oil can be extraced. Black olives are more nutritious than the green olives, and have increased mineral content.

The nutritional table

• Olives contain very few carbohydrates and are rich source of monounsaturated fatty acids (oleic acid).

• The content of olives are high in sodium.

• They are a rich source of vitamin E, as they contain mixed tocopherols.

• They are rich in minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper and selenium.

• Olive oil contains many unique phenolic and aromatic compounds, such as oleuropein and flavonoids. Other nutrients, such as proteins, vitamin C, vitamin K, histidine, isoleucine, leucine, phenylalanine and methionine are present in small quantities in olive oil.

The nutritional value of olives

• Olives contain linoleic acid, which is very beneficial for nursing infants. The inefficiency associated with certain skin diseases and developmental problems in infants. Breastfeeding mothers should include the olive fruit in their diet.

• Chlorine contained, can improve liver functions, enabling the body to effectively eliminate waste.

• Vitamins A, D, E and K, contained in olives, help bone growth in children and adults.

• The characteristic flavor and aroma of olives comes from the presence of polyphenols. Polyphenols are beneficial against cancer and also have significant anti-inflammatory properties.

• Vitamin E and other antioxidants found in olives, reduce the risk of cell damage and inflammation.