Greek Olive Tree
The olive tree, symbol of knowledge, wisdom, abundance, peace, health, strength and beauty was worshiped for thousands of years. It is a living part of a heavy cultural heritage, legends, traditions and religious rituals closely associated with flowering, harvest and production of oil. The olive tree has left us a very complex legacy of values, prosperity and civilization, which only recently we were able to evaluate and defend.
Regular consumption of extra virgin olive oil:
•reduces the risk of heart infractions & ischemic heart disease. • contributes to preventing oxidation (antioxidant)
• contributes to removing lipids from the blood vessels
• helps breakdown trans fatty acids
• helps prevent formation of blood clots
• contributes to reducing the incidence of stroke
• assists the prevention of colon, pancreas, breast, prostate cancer
• helps delay the onset of diabetes
• contributes to the smooth functioning of the liver
• reduces the production of cholesterol in the liver (LDL)
• reduces the secretion of gastric acid
• contributes to the reduction of osteoporosis
• helps the proper functioning of the pancreas
• enables the mechanism producing prostaglandins
• protects the kidneys from toxicity.
Obesity: Although high in calories, olive oil has shown to help reduce levels of obesity.
Rheumatoid Arthritis: Although the reasons are still not fully clear, recent studies have proved that people with diets containing high levels of olive oil are less likely to develop rheumatiod arthritis.
Olive oil for many Westerners may be just simple cooking oil, but to the people of Greece it is much more than that.