Extra virgin, cold-pressed, and stone-crushed oil is ideal if you want to experience all of the health benefits of olive oil. Olive oil is light and heat sensitive, so always store it in dark glass bottles or a dark cabinet at room temperature to prevent it from turning rancid.
Olive oil is a better choice than most for cooking, but is still transformed into unhealthy trans-fats at high temperatures. If you must cook with oil, try coconut oil.
||Using olive oil in place of other fats, including other vegetable oils, can lower high blood pressure. Some patients have been able to reduce or even eliminate blood pressure medications after 4-6 months of making the switch.
||Cold-pressed, extra-virgin olive oil is commonly used as part of a "gallbladder flush".
||Studies have shown that Mediterranean people have lower risk of heart disease than Americans due to their consumptions of olive oil.
||Can be used as a skin softener and soother for dry or damaged skin. Safe for babies. Rub into affected areas and allow to sit for at least 20 minutes.
||Offers a beneficial healing effect on ulcers and gastritis.