We have been told many times that the secret to a long life and good health is to eat more vegetables. Health experts say that the Mediterranean diet is one of the best in the world. Of course, you don’t have to visit the Mediterranean to enjoy the benefits of the healthy diet found there. Eating more vegetables, olive oil, fish and pasta will help to keep you healthy.
The health and therapeutic benefits of 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 administered both internally, and externally - for health and beauty.
Recent research has now provided firm proof that a Mediterranean diet, which includes olive oil, is not only generally healthy, but that consuming olive oil can actually help lower harmful cholesterol. Olive oil contains antioxidants that discourage artery clogging and chronic diseases, including cancer.
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.
Drunk before a meal, olive oil protects the stomach from ulcers. If a spoon or two is taken with lemon or coffee, it prevents constipation without irritating the intestinal tract. 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.