Did you know that the humble olive packs some serious superpower health punches?
The humble olive commonly becomes relegated to being a pizza topping or a simple bar snack with a beer. And, you have likely heard about the benefits of olive oil, it’s monounsaturated fat content being superior to other oils you can use with food.
But the humble olive itself is magnificent for your health. It is time for you to give it more prominence in your diet so you may enjoy its secret superpowers! There are many varieties of this little fruit. However, the color determines its level of ripeness. Consequently, black olives contain the peak amount of health benefits.
Vitamin E neutralizes free radicals within our body fat. Black olives just happen to contain a lot of vitamin E, which can prevent cell mutations that lead to cancer. What gives the olive’s vitamin E content more power to do this job, is that it is delivered to the body within healthy monounsaturated fats.
Black olives contain polyphenols, as well as the aforementioned vitamin E, and monounsaturated fats. These are anti-inflammatory and work to reduce the severity of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Additionally, olives contain oleocanthal, which serves to lessen the pain of such conditions. Oleocanthal works similarly to drugs like ibuprofen.
Black olives are packed with iron, which our blood needs to enable our red blood cells to transport oxygen throughout our bodies. When we lack iron, we can develop anemia, which can be deadly. The iron within olives gives us energy, and as a bonus, it helps produce an amino acid called carnitine which converts fat to energy.
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