What is it?
Olive oil is pure organic obtained from pressed fresh whole olives and is produced mainly in the Mediterranean region. Olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids that are a healthy dietary fat in comparison to saturated and trans fats (1-2). In addition, olive oil has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties (3).
Apply this highly pure organic extra virgin olive oil directly to skin.
Olive oil has been consumed and applied directly to the skin for centuries. Olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fats and has anti-inflammatory properties. Therefore, in addition to prevent and treat cardiovascular diseases, cancers, and arthritis, topical use of olive oil also repairs and rejuvenates the skin (1-5). The powerful antioxidant properties of olive oil are beneficial to fight free radicals and to protect against ultraviolet light resulting in lower cellular damage and anti-aging benefits (3, 6). The high linoleic acid content in olive oil makes it an efficient moisturizer for skin and treatment for skin inflammation (7).
Olive oil has been used to improve general wellbeing and to treat and prevent a range of conditions:
- Anti-aging treatment
- Skin cancer prevention treatment
- Increase elasticity of skin
- Moisturizing skin
- Reduce and prevent stretch marks
- Treat skin blemishes
- Treat skin inflammation
- Diaper rash
- Eye and face makeup remover
- Shaving Aid
- Cuticle conditioner
- Strengthen fingernails
- Heal cracked heels
- Treat dry scalp
- Stop split hair ends
- Hair shine treatment
- Ear wax remedy
Labofine (Laval, Quebec) carried out the product analysis in June 2015.
|Alpha-Lipoic Acid||1 mg/100mg|
|Vitamin E||14.8 mg/100g|
|Vitamin K||60.1 mcg/100g|
|Vitamin A||0 mg/100g|
|Vitamin C||0 mg/100g|
|Vitamin D||0 mg/100g|
Benefits by ingredients
Alpha-lipoic acid is an antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals and prevents cellular damage. It also functions to restore the levels of vitamin C and E. Alpha-lipoic acid is used for the treatment of diabetes, chronic fatigue, HIV, cancer, neurodegeneration, Lyme disease, and glaucoma (8).
Dimethylaminoethanol is an organic compound with anti-ageing benefits. Dimethylaminoethanol helps to firm and tighten the skin, which can give skin a more defined and youthful appearance.
Polyphenols are natural phytochemical compounds with beneficial antioxidant effects. The most common phenol found in olive oil is oleocanthal that helps to lower the risk of Alzheimer’s disease (9), and control metastatic breast and prostate cancers (10). Furthermore, oleocanthal has strong anti-inflammatory activity that is similar to ibuprofen (11).
Phytosterols are plant sterols that are similar to cholesterol. A diet rich in phytosterols reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases, since it reduces the absorption of cholesterol.
Vitamin E has a high content of antioxidants and is beneficial in treating and preventing heart disease, diabetes, cancer, respiratory infections, chronic fatigue, memory loss, and premenstrual discomfort. In addition, vitamin E is very powerful in improving the condition of your skin by lightening stretch marks, boosting collagen production, and preventing wrinkles (12).
Vitamin K plays a major role in blood clotting and is used to prevent blood thinning. It can also be applied to the skin to remove scars, stretch marks, and spider veins.
Aisha Shamas-Din, PhD
Scientific and Medical Writer
Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
University Health Network
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- Abuznait, A.H., Qosa, H., Busnena, B.A., El Sayed, K.A., and Kaddoumi, A. Olive-oil-derived oleocanthal enhances β-amyloid clearance as a potential neuroprotective mechanism against Alzheimer’s disease: in vitro and in vivo studies. ACS Chem Neurosci. 2013 Jun 19;4(6):973-82.
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