If your health is as important to you as flavor, aroma and taste, take a look at olive oil! Here’s great news: Olive oil is considered a “perfect food”. It has been used for centuries and some claim it to be the original health food. Hippocrates, the father of medicine, in 400 B.C., wrote about the benefits of olive oil, calling it the “great health therapeutic”. He recommended it to his patients for the treatment of cholera, ulcers, muscular and joint pains, dry skin and many other conditions.
Olive Oil – Centuries of Health
Even earlier, on the island of Crete as far back as 2500 B.C., olive oil is mentioned in Greek mythology, and in the Bible over 200 times. It was used in religious rituals and to anoint monarchs at their coronation. The Egyptians, Phoenicians and Greeks believed this miracle tree fruit brought health, peace and prosperity to their civilizations.
The olive tree is often called the tree of life because of the therapeutic nectar of the fruit. When used as a medicinal balm, olive oil stimulates circulation, enhances and beautifies the skin and complexion and strengthens the hair.
Olive Oil – Source of Energy
Olive oil is an excellent source of energy and is easily digestible. It reduces gastric acid and helps in the healing of ulcers. It aids digestion, relieves constipation, and is beneficial to the pancreas, liver and gallbladder. It strengthens bones and enhances skin, helps regulate the body’s endocrine metabolism and stimulates the absorption of calcium and minerals which, in turn, helps stimulate growth.
Olive Oil – Health’s Liquid Gold
How can this “liquid gold” be so good for you? Among the therapeutic benefits, olive oil is also easily absorbed by the human body. The chemical structure of fat is important for it to be easily absorbed. If the fat is saturated, in one long chain, then the body cannot break it down and it becomes indigestible and then can clog the bloodstream! The healthiest oils have mono and unsaturated fats, and a weaker chain structure that is more easily broken down by the body in the digestive process.
Olive Oil Helps Lower Cholesterol
Olive oil is high in healthy monounsaturated fat and studies show it lowers blood cholesterol, especially the “harmful” or LDL-variety (low density lipoproteins), while protecting the “good” or the HDL (high density lipoproteins) type. A certain amount of fat is vital to our health because fat carries important vitamins like A, D, E and K into our precious rive of life, the bloodstream.
Health Crusader Patricia Bragg is pleased to announce that this healthy food is one of Bragg Healthy Organic Products. Their olive oil, family owned and organically grown, is extra virgin and is first pressed.
It is always 100% cold-pressed, which is the healthiest way to extract the oil. It can be used right after its extraction from the fruit. We consider it a natural, healthy organic fruit oil!
Health Prize Winner – Bragg Organic Olive Oil
Bragg organic olive oil has a delicious fruity, buttery taste which adds flavor and aroma to salads, veggies, pastas, pestos, bread, sauces, sautés, potatoes, popcorn and most foods. It has won prizes for the “Highest Quality” in Andria, Italy from the tasters in blind olive oil taste tests.
All of Bragg olives are hand picked, not forced machines shaken, to ensure that each olive is at the desired state of ripeness and not bruised. Then the olive are cold pressed within 24 hours to assure highest possible quality is produced. Take taste test! You will agree! It is one of the finest organic olive oils available today – Patricia says, “Try it – You will love it!”