Since ancient times the act of extending an olive branch has been considered a symbol of peace. For the health-minded it can also mean a symbol of good health! Olive trees originated in the Mediterranean basin and eventually spread to other parts of the world. From the beginning, various elements of the trees were used for medicinal and culinary purposes. References to the benefits of the olive leaf, oil, and fruit can be found even in the Old Testament.
Not all fats are created equal. The body needs certain amounts and types of fat to support numerous biochemical processes. Olives are high in monounsaturated fat which is particularly beneficial. Their oil has been shown to help protect against heart disease, stroke, cancer, arthritis and other chronic diseases. Olive oil also contains valuable antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
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