Other health benefits may include lower risk of coronary disease (as mentioned above) and even a lower risk of suffering from certain types of cancer, especially interesting are reports from Greece that state that women on the island of Crete (a major olive oil producer) are having a significantly lower risk of suffering from breast cancer during their lifetime. Olive oil is also reported to lower blood cholesterol without lowering the 'good' HDL cholesterol at the same time. Related to this findings are the claims that regular intake of olive oil can lower the blood pressure and helps to regulate blood sugar levels.
More 'fuzzy' are claims that declare olive oil to contain so-called antioxidants. Antioxidants are said to protect and repair cells from harm, but there is precious little scientific research available how and if that works. Below a few other things that olive oil can help with and / or even cure:
Constipation A teaspoon or two in the morning, before you eat or drink anything else helps to get things going in a natural manner.
Skin Olive oil is a great skin cleaner and excellent to lift make-up in a gentle manner from your face. It also helps to achieve a nice, even tan when used as an after sun treatment.
Vitamin Absorption Many vitamins, like E, D and K, are called 'fat soluble' vitamins, which means also that our body can only absorb them if a fat or oil component is present. Adding a teaspoon of olive oil to your freshly pressed carrot juice makes hence an awful lot of sense.
Gall Stones Some people claim that a mixture of olive oil and lemon juice helps to dissolve and to expel gall bladder stones. Might be, might not be. Better ask your GP or health care professional first.
Oil Pulling Last but not least, olive oil is also used in a natural detox method, called oil pulling. Hereby you swirl a small amount of oil around your mouth and through your teeth first thing in the morning without swallowing it and until the oil is thin, white and foamy. Then you spit it out and clean your mouth first with water and then you brush your teeth and tongue normally. That is said to help to clean your teeth thoroughly and to detox your whole body.