Since ancient times olive trees have held great importance in Mediterranean cultures, even being considered as sacred. Olive oil extracted from its fruits (olives) is used not only as a food source but also for religious, medicinal and cosmetic purposes as well as for fuel.
The olive tree is an evergreen tree which sheds its leaves every 3 or 4 years and that lives in mild climates, many examples living for up to 1,000 years.
Its importance and its actual distribution is thanks to the discovery of the benefits of its oil that form a basic part of the renowned Mediterranean diet, possessing a balanced percentage of healthy components that facilitate digestion, slow down cellular aging and the formation of cholesterol, while at the same time stimulating cerebral development.
The temperature of lowering the quality of its molecules and production of prejudicial substances is substantially higher than oils from other products, resulting in olive oil being one of the most adequate for cooking.
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However, we must remember that its best characteristic is when it´s used as raw oil. Its benefits are numerous for health. These could be summarized in the following:
- Reducing the percentage of LDR cholesterol.
- Reducing the risk of clogged arteries.
- Reducing blood pressure and blood sugar level.
- Increases the secretion of bile.
- Aumenta la secreción de bilis.
- Increases vitamins A, D, and E.
- Facilitates absorption of other vitamins.
- Aids in the prevention of arterial sclerosis and heart failure.
Mediterranean countries provide the perfect habitat for olive trees, which have existed for thousands of years. Being distributed throughout the ages by Greeks, Phoenicians and Romans, we can now find them in all the continents.