Monday, 7 October 2013

The Olive ( health benefits)

Olives have become my one and only love. I enjoy the sour, salty taste they give off. My out most favorite are the black olives... Green or black they add that lovely twist to our salads and pasta's. Now that we appreciate the pleasure of eating them, lets take a look at how they benefit our bodies...

1. Healthy eyes

Black olives contain loads of vitamin A which is good for our eyes. It assist the eye to tell between dark and light therefore helps improve night vision. Just one cup of black olives is 10% of the daily vitamin A intake recommendation which is 700 to 900 micrograms (mcg) per day for people aged 14 years and above.

2. Prevents cancer

A  phytonutrient called Hydroxytyrosol this nutrient prevents the DNA of a cell from damage and mutating into a cancerous cell.

3. Boosts fertility

4. Rich in iron

Iron helps your body produce adenosine triphosphate which is the main source of our bodies energy.

5. Digestive health

Consumption of vitamin E and monounsaturated fats in olives is associated with low rates of colon cancer. The fiber in the olives promotes a healthy digestive tract by helping to move the food though the system.

6. Healthy hair and skin

Vitamin E protects skin form ultraviolet radiation, therefore guarding against skin cancer and aging.