Olive oil

Olive oil
Olive oil, also known as 'Jaitoon ka tel' is a pale yellow to dark green oil. Olive oil is extracted from Olives, the fruit of Olea europaea.
Olive oil possesses antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-hypertensive, immunomodulator and anti-tumor properties.
It helps reduce high cholesterol, high blood-glucose levels and prevents liver damage. It also helps in the management of constipation, high blood pressure, heart disease, breast cancer, rheumatoid arthritis and various skin problems.
According to Ayurveda, Olive oil helps in balancing Pitta and Vata dosha and is good for massage when used with essential oils[2][23][35][43][44].

What are the synonyms of Olive oil?

Olea europaea, Kaau, Zaitun, Jaitun ka tel, Kaan, Julipe, Olivu, Saidun, Kandeloto, Wild Olive, Oleaster, Zaytoon, Zaytun, Zeitun, Aliv Enney, Jeeta Tailam, Oliva tela, Aliv enne, Jalapai tela, Aliv nune

What is the source of Olive oil?

Plant Based

Benefits of Olive oil

What are the benefits of Olive oil for High cholesterol?

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Oleocanthal in Olive oil has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It lowers the level of total blood cholesterol, bad cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides. Also, the heart-healthy fats present in Olive oil improves the level of good cholesterol. This reduces the risk of atherosclerosis (narrowing of arteries due to plaque buildup)[10][11][14].
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Ayurvedic View
High cholesterol is due to an imbalance of Agni (digestive fire). Impaired digestion at the tissue level produces excess waste products or Ama (toxic remains in the body due to improper digestion). This leads to the build-up of ‘bad’ cholesterol. Daily use of Olive oil reduces bad cholesterol as it helps digest Ama due to its Deepan (appetizer) and Pachan (digestive) properties. These properties maintain good digestive fire and prevent accumulation of bad cholesterol.
Tips:
1. Replace your regular vegetable oil with refined Olive oil for cooking purpose.
2. You can also use virgin Olive oil (1-2 teaspoons) as a salad dressing[27].

What are the benefits of Olive oil for High blood pressure?

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Olive oil might help manage high blood pressure due to its antioxidant property. Olive oil can also reduce blood pressure by making nitric oxide more available in the blood. Nitric oxide relaxes narrowed blood vessels and lowers blood pressure[14].
Tips:
1. Replace your regular vegetable oil with refined Olive oil for cooking purpose.
2. You can also use virgin Olive oil (1-2 teaspoons) as a salad dressing[27].

What are the benefits of Olive oil for Constipation?

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Scientific View
Olive oil might be useful in managing constipation because of its laxative property. Olive oil lubricates the bowel and improves bowel movement. Studies suggest that Olive oil can also soften the stool making it easier to pass through the colon[25][26].
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Ayurvedic View
Constipation is a disease caused by an aggravated Vata dosha. Dietary and lifestyle imbalance may aggravate Vata in the large intestine and cause constipation. Regular intake of Olive oil helps to remove constipation because of its Vata balancing and Sara (mobility) properties. Because of these properties, Olive oil removes dryness of the intestine and makes it easier to pass through the colon.

What are the benefits of Olive oil for Rheumatoid arthritis?

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Olive oil might help in Rheumatoid arthritis. This is due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Oleocanthal in Olive oil inhibits the activity of inflammatory protein. This reduces joint pain and swelling associated with rheumatoid arthritis[15][33].

What are the benefits of Olive oil for Helicobacter pylori (H.Pylori) infection?

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Olive oil might work against H. pylori bacteria. This is due to the presence of phenolic compounds in it. Olive oil also lowers the risk of stomach ulcer and stomach cancer[24].
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Ayurvedic View
Acidic environment of the stomach is due to an improper digestion and production of Ama. H. pylori is a bacteria that can survive in the acidic environment of the stomach. Olive oil destroys the acidic environment and inhibit its growth. It helps improve the digestive fire and remove Ama due to its Deepan (appetizer) and Pachan (digestive) properties.

What are the benefits of Olive oil for Breast cancer?

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Olive oil might be useful as a complementary therapy in cancer treatment. Phenolic compounds present in Olive have strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It induces apoptosis (cell death) while leaving the non-cancerous cells unharmed. It also has anti-proliferative property and reduces the growth of cancer cells. Polyphenols in Olive have a similar structure to estrogens and reduces the risk of hormone-related cancers[29][31][32][44].

What are the benefits of Olive oil for Diabetes?

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Olive oil might help manage type 2 diabetes. This is due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Olive oil reduces the breakdown of carbohydrate and lowers blood sugar levels. It also prevents the damage of pancreatic cells and enhances insulin secretion and sensitivity. Another study state that oleic acid in Olive oil helps reduce fasting glucose levels[30][43].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Diabetes, also known as Madhumeha is due to an aggravation of Vata and impaired digestion. Impaired digestion leads to an accumulation of Ama (toxic remains in the body due to improper digestion) in the pancreatic cells. This impairs the function of insulin. Olive oil helps to maintain normal sugar level because of its Vata balancing, Deepan (appetizer) and Pachan (digestive) properties. This helps to reduce Ama and correct impaired insulin function.

Tips:
1. Replace your regular vegetable oil with refined Olive oil for cooking purpose.
2. You can also use virgin Olive oil (1-2 teaspoons) as a salad dressing.

How effective is Olive oil?

Likely effective
Breast cancer, Constipation, High blood pressure, High cholesterol
Insufficient evidence
Diabetes, Helicobacter pylori (H.Pylori) infection, Rheumatoid arthritis

Precautions when using Olive oil

Advice from Experts
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Take Olive oil only after consulting a doctor as high dose can cause GI disturbances like hyperacidity and gastritis.
Breastfeeding
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Scientific View
Avoid Olive oil during breastfeeding due to lack of scientific evidence[17].
Patients with diabetes
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Olive oil may lower the blood glucose levels. So it is generally advisable to monitor your sugar levels while taking Olive oil along with other anti-diabetic drugs[17].
Patients with heart disease
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Olive oil may lower blood pressure. So it is generally advisable to monitor your blood pressure while taking Olive oil along with anti-hypertensive drugs[14][34].


Pregnancy
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Avoid Olive oil during pregnancy due to lack of scientific evidence[17].
Side Effects
Important
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Scientific View
Olive oil is well tolerated when taken orally except for a few cases where it may cause nausea[17].

Recommended Dosage of Olive oil

  • Olive oil Capsule - 1-2 capsules twice a day.
  • Olive oil Oil - 5-6 teaspoons per day or as per your requirement.

How to use Olive oil

1. Olive oil Capsules
a. Take 1-2 Olive oil capsules.
b. Swallow it with the help of lukewarm water, after lunch and dinner, twice a day.

2. Olive oil with water
a. Take 5-6 teaspoons of Olive oil.
b. Followed by a glass of lukewarm water.
c. Take it preferably at night before going to sleep to get relief from constipation.

3. Olive oil in cooking
a. Use 5-6 teaspoons of Olive oil for cooking on a daily basis.
b. You can increase or decrease the quantity of oil consumption according to your diet and requirement[36].

4. Olive oil salad dressing
a. Take 2-3 cups of chopped vegetables like onion, carrot, cucumber, sweet corn, beetroot etc., in a large bowl.
b. Add 5-6 teaspoons of Olive oil to the chopped veggies.
c. Also, add 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar.
d. Add black pepper and salt as per your taste.
e. Mix all the ingredients well and enjoy the healthy salad before or during the meals[8].

Benefits of Olive oil

What are the benefits of Olive oil for Eczema?

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Scientific View
Although not enough evidence is available, Olive oil might help in case of red itchy skin or eczema.
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Ayurvedic View
Eczema is a skin condition that makes the skin rough, inflamed and itchy. Regular application of Olive oil on the affected area helps to reduce roughness and itching. This is due to its Snigdha (oily) property and heals blisters due to its Ropan (healing) nature.
Tip:
1. Take 1 teaspoon of Olive oil.
2. Mix it with 1 teaspoon of honey or coconut oil.
3. Apply to the affected area twice a day.
4. Continue this for 1-2 months for better results.

What are the benefits of Olive oil for Psoriasis?

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Scientific View
Olive oil might be useful in psoriasis. This is due to its anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory properties. Olive oil helps to reduce the skin rash and dryness associated with psoriasis[41].
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Ayurvedic View
Psoriasis is a common, chronic, autoimmune disease that causes dry, red, scaly patches and flakes on the skin. Olive oil helps reduce the symptoms of psoriasis. This is because of its Snigdha (oily) and Ropan (healing) properties.
Tip:
1. Take 1 teaspoon of Olive oil.
2. Mix it with 1 teaspoon of honey or coconut oil.
3. Apply to the affected area twice a day.
4. Continue this for 1-2 months for better results.

What are the benefits of Olive oil for Earwax?

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Scientific View
Olive oil might help remove the build-up of ear wax. Application of Olive oil can soften the earwax in the outer ear canal making it easier to remove.
Tips:
1. Apply warm Olive oil on the outer side of the ear.
2. Keep it for some time and then remove the wax gently[38][39].

What are the benefits of Olive oil for Ear infection?

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Olive oil might be useful to treat ear pain caused by an infection. A study state that ear drops containing Olive oil has antibacterial property. It can help reduce infection and pain in children[40][43].

How effective is Olive oil?

Likely ineffective
Ear infection, Earwax
Insufficient evidence
Eczema, Psoriasis

Precautions when using Olive oil

Side Effects
Important
scientific
Scientific View
Dermatitis[17]
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Avoid the use of Olive oil in body massage if your body has excessive Pitta.

Recommended Dosage of Olive oil

  • Olive oil Oil - 1-2 teaspoon or as per your requirement.

How to use Olive oil

1. Olive oil with moisturizing cream
a. Add 1-2 teaspoons of Olive oil in any moisturizing cream.
b. Apply it on your skin once a day or thrice a week for a glowing and clear skin.
c. Kindly consult your doctor in case of oily and acne prone skin.

2. Massage with Olive oil
a. Take 2-3 teaspoons of Olive oil.
b. Warm a bit and massage on the painful area once or twice a day.
c. You can also massage your face with Olive oil at night to reduce wrinkles[23].

3. Olive oil with lemon juice
a. Take 2-3 teaspoons of Olive oil.
b. Squeeze ½ lemon to it and mix well.
c. Apply it onto the skin preferably before going to bed to get rid of scars and marks.
d. Avoid going outside in the sun after applying this mixture as it can cause some photogenic reactions.
e. Best time to apply this mixture is at night[7].

Frequently asked questions

Q. How to store Olive oil?

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Olive oil can be stored at normal room temperature in a dry and dark place. However, it may deteriorate if kept in humid and hot conditions[21][23].

Q. What is the price of Olive oil?

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Price of Olive oil may vary from brand to brand. The price for Olive oil bottle of 1 litre used for cooking is around Rs. 600. Figaro Olive oil price for 1 litre bottle is about Rs. 550 and extra virgin oil price for 500 ml is about Rs. 400.

Q. Is extra virgin Olive oil different from others?

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Extra virgin Olive oil is produced by mechanical pressing instead of chemical mode. Its flavor is tasted first before certification and its acidic content is less than 0.8%. Extra virgin Olive oil has several benefits such as it can be used for skin, hair and cooking[22].

Q. What are the uses of Pomace Olive oil?

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Pomace Olive oil has several uses such as it is good for skin and hair. It is also useful for cooking purposes.

Q. Can Olive oil be taken daily?

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Yes, Olive oil can be taken daily. Olive oil has a strong antioxidant property. It reduces the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and cholesterol. But, you should consume Olive oil in moderation (1-2 tablespoon daily) and consult your doctor if needed before taking.[18][28][37].

Q. Is Olive oil better than other vegetable oils?

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Yes, Olive oil is said to be better as it contains heart-healthy fat when compared to other vegetable oils[8][9].

Q. Can Olive oil protect you from microbial infections?

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Yes, Olive oil can protect you from various microbial infections. Olive oil acts against bacteria that causes intestinal and respiratory infections[14][24].

Q. Is it possible to deal with depression with the help of Olive Oil?

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Scientific View
Yes, regular consumption of Olive oil might help reduce depression. Olive oil might increase the amount of serotonin, a chemical which can lower depression[12][13].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Vata governs all movement in the body and actions of the nervous system. Depression occurs when our Vata dosha is imbalanced. Regular use of Olive oil helps to control depression because of its Vata balancing property.

Q. Can Olive oil act as a pain reliever?

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Scientific View
Yes, Olive oil can be used to reduce pain due to its anti-inflammatory property. Olive oil contains oleocanthal which inhibits the activity of pain mediators. This reduces pain and inflammation in the body[15][16].
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Ayurvedic View
In Ayurveda, pain is known as Shoola roga and is caused due to an aggravation of the Vata dosha. Regular intake of Olive oil helps to balance Vata in the body and thus minimizes pain.

Q. Is Olive oil good for skin?

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Scientific View
Olive oil is good for skin due to its antioxidant property. It also contains vitamin A, D, E and K which protects the skin from harmful ultraviolet radiation[7][14].

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Ayurvedic View
Olive oil is good for the skin because of its properties like Snigdha (oily), Ropan (healing) and Rasayana (rejuvenating). Olive oil gives a natural glow to the skin when used on a daily basis.
Tips:
1. Take 1 teaspoon of Olive oil in your palm.
2. Massage well on the face using your fingertips.
3. Use it every night for a natural glow on the face.

Q. Does Olive oil prevents aging of skin?

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Yes, regular application of Olive oil can help fight aging. Olive oil has polyphenols and vitamin E and K with a strong antioxidant property. It helps protect the skin from premature skin aging by reducing fine lines and wrinkles[42].

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