20 Health Benefits of Olives

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Did you know that olives have a huge number of health benefits?


Here are some interesting olive health facts:


  • Olives eliminate excess cholesterolin the blood.
  • Olives control blood pressure.
  • Olives are a source of dietary fiber as an alternative to fruits and vegetables.
  • Olives are a great source of Vitamin E
  • Olives act as an antioxidant, protecting cells
  • Olives reduce the effects of degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, benign and malignant tumors, including less serious varicose veins and cavities
  • Olives help prevent blood clots that could lead to a myocardial infarction or deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
  • Olives protect cell membranes against diseases like cancer 
  • Olives are a great protection against anemia
  • Olives enhances fertility and reproductive system
  • Olives play an important role in maintaining a healthy immune system, especially during oxidative stress and chronic viral diseases
  • Olives are nutritious and rich in mineral content as sodium, potassium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus and iodine
  • Olives provide essential vitamins and amino acids.
  • Olives contain oleic acid, which has beneficial properties to protect the
  • Olives contain polyphenols, a natural chemical that reduce oxidative stress in the brain. So by eating a daily serving of olives helps improve your memory by up to 25%.
  • Just one cup of olives is a great source of iron – 4.4mg.
  • Eating olives can improve the appearance of wrinkles by 20% since they contain oleic acid, which keeps skin soft and healthy.
  • By eating just 10 olives before a meal, you can reduce your appetite by up to 20%. This is because the monounsaturated fatty acids contained in olives slow down the digestion process and stimulate the hormone cholecystokinin, a hormone that sends messages of fullness to the brain.
  • Not only does it do that, but it also helps your body to stimulate the production of adiponectin, a chemical that burns fat for up to five hours after ingestion.


For more information, visit the SA Olive Industry Association‘s website: www.saolive.co.za

SA Olive Industry Association press release