Olive oil has received well-deserved attention over the last 10-15 years. This is the main ingredient that plays an important role in the Mediterranean diet. For years studies have shown people who consume this type of diet live longer and enjoy a better quality of life. Olive oil is a lot more than just a health food. In fact, it can be used for soothing skin, managing hair, and as a natural sunscreen.
8 Surprising Benefits of Olive Oil
Olive oil is a fantastic ingredient that can be added to your salads and roasted vegetables. Aside from consuming olive oil to receive its benefits, you can use it in other ways and reap similar, if not greater, rewards. Here are 8 amazing benefits olive oil, many of which may surprise you.
1. Heart Health
Olive oil has nutrients that support the heart and brain, and the Omega-3s in olive oil make blood flow easier. The antioxidants found in the oil protect against aging by reducing damage from free radicals and oxidative stress.  Populations who consume the highest amounts of olive oil enjoy low rates of coronary heart disease.
2. Heals Burns Faster
Olive oil is loaded with vitamins and essential fatty acids involved in speeding the healing of burns.  The Amish are often credited for creating a natural method for reducing burns with olive oil that’s as effective as conventional treatments,  and they’re not alone. The Hatay of middle Turkey use a mixture featuring olive oil to ease the severity of burns.  The olive oil supplies essential nutrients to the injured skin and discourages harmful organisms from infecting the wound.
3. Speeds Wound Healing
Although olive oil aids skin recovery when applied to wounds like burns, eating olive oil or foods featuring olive oil also improves wound healing time.  Regular consumption of olive oil lowers inflammation and heals the body from the inside out.
4. Skin Health
Your skin and hair shine and glow following topical application of natural products like olive oil. It’s used in organic cosmetics, and it works as a topical therapy to treat eczema and skin ailments of the lower body.  Olive oil is even recommended as a treatment for diaper rash and is commonly used to relieve psoriasis. Men and women around the world use it to keep hair vibrant and skin young and healthy.
5. Erase Stretch Marks
If there’s a downside to pregnancy, it’s the stretch marks. In one study, olive oil reduced scarring from severe stretch marks following pregnancy.  The topical as well as the internal use of olive oil may provide this benefit.
6. Aids Recovery in Athletes
Ancient Greek athletes prized olive oil for the way it soothed and protected their skin and relaxed their muscles. It was so revered that Athenian sponsors made it freely available to all participants in their sporting events. The ancient Greeks recognized the therapeutic value of olive oil to reduce muscle fatigue, improve the strength and flexibility of the skin, and prevent sports related injuries.
7. A Natural Sunscreen
Next time you go to the beach, skip the chemicals and use olive oil for protection from the sun. It’s what people around the world have done for thousands of years. Recent studies support this traditional use as olive oil has a higher SPF than other natural oils. 
8. Promotes Smooth Skin
Rubbing a little olive oil on the skin provides essential vitamins and nutrients, keeping the skin nourished and smooth. This could mean fewer wrinkles. Studies have also found consuming olive oil regularly affects the overall health of the skin, possibly protecting against aging and wrinkles. 
Is Ozonated Olive Oil the Super Olive Oil?
Ozonated olive oil combines the natural healing and nourishing benefits of olive oil and oxygen. Study after study shows oxygen cleanses wounds and encourages faster healing. Researchers have even noted it promotes healthy teeth and gums when taken orally.  This combination of olive oil and oxygen in ozonated olive oil delivers powerful therapeutic healing where it’s needed most.
Do you use olive oil regularly? How has it worked for you? Share your experiences with us below!
-Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM
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Reprinted from Global Healing Center.