It is thought that olives are vegetables but in fact they are fruits. They are classified as “drupes” which means that they have a thin skin and a fleshy inner section surrounding a single pit. Green olives are usually seen on a savor tray and falls into Martinis while the black olive is cooked with herbs and spices to make delicious foods, cut in vegetable dips and used in salads. Many people think that green olives are not healthy but they are wrong. You should know that the color of the olive is not necessarily related to its state of maturity.
Green olives have health benefits which are almost same to those of black olives. You can eat them uncooked or cook them to gain its benefits. Green olives are a staple in the healthy Mediterranean diet. They are rich in anti – inflammatory and anti – oxidant properties which are reason why people are consuming them to improve their health, especially active fitness people. These olives also have many health benefits not just improving the body composition. There are eight different green olive varieties, such as Beldi; Mission; Alfonso; Picholine; Gaeta; Nyon; Cerignola and Kalamata.
Health benefits of green olives
Natural ulcer treatment: There are some studies in which are said that about 5 million people in the United States of America are affected by green olives. Symptoms of ulcers can be painful and serious. Those people who suffer from ulcers can experience a bloating, vomiting, poor appetite, acid reflux and a burning feeling in the stomach and/or esophagus. There are some studies in which are said that in many cases of people who suffer from ulcers the cause for it is H. pylori. There was one study done in Seville, Spain, in which was said that the consumption of olive oil can inhibit the growth of bacteria. This is happening due to antioxidants found in green olives. In this study was also said that the olive oil is very effective against 8 different strains of H. pylori in which are included 3 strains that are resistant to antibiotics.
A reduction and arthritis inflammation and pain: There are some studies in which are found that if you include olive oil in your daily diet, then it can help to reduce the inflammation of arthritis. This is possible due to the presence of compound called oleocanthal. This compound will prevent certain inflammation – inducing enzymes from happening in the body. Green olives have anti – inflammatory and anti – pain properties which are working similar to the medication called ibuprofen. A lot more studies need to be done in future, but you can add olive oil and green olives in your diet as a natural alternative to certain anti – inflammatory drugs, such as Celebrex, Motrin and aspirin.
Cancer – fighting antioxidants: There are some studies in which are said that the olive oil and green olives can help to prevent certain cancers but it is not known the exact cause for it. Green olives have antioxidants which can be the reason for cancer prevention.
Protection against osteoporosis: This is a very common problem among people around the world, especially those who are 65 or older. This condition can be devastating and it leads to pain, a stooped posture and more bone fractures. It is affecting more women than men. There are some studies in which are said that the consumption of green olives can help to prevent osteoporosis. This condition can develop without being noticed in the early stages so this is a reason why experts are recommending taking prevention foods, such as green olives.
Heart – health benefits: The Mediterranean diet is not new type of diet. This type of diet is not only meant for losing weight but also it keeps the heart healthy. There are many studies in which are noticed the health benefits of green olives. There are some studies in which are shown the heart – disease preventive benefits of green olives. If you have increased risk of getting cardiovascular diseases, then you should add green olives and extra – virgin olive oil in your diet.