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Do olives help your health?

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Olives are a fruit that grow on an evergreen tree. Olive oil is an important food in the Mediterranean diet. This eating style has been linked to better health and a lower risk of chronic diseases.

Olive leaves have also been used historically in the Middle East as an herbal treatment for various health problems. But there is very little scientific evidence supporting its use.

From: Olive WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Charoenprasert, S. , July 25, 2012. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry

Escrich, E. , December 2011. Public Health Nutrition

Natural Standard Professional Monograph: "Olive leaf (Olea europaea)."

Ruiz-Canela, M. , March 2011. Maturitas

Samieri, C. , Aug. 2, 2011. Neurology

American Heart Association: "Fats and oils: AHA recommendation."

Ferrara, L. , March 27, 2000. Archives of Internal Medicine

Reviewed by Carmen Patrick Mohan on June 12, 2017

SOURCES:

Charoenprasert, S. , July 25, 2012. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry

Escrich, E. , December 2011. Public Health Nutrition

Natural Standard Professional Monograph: "Olive leaf (Olea europaea)."

Ruiz-Canela, M. , March 2011. Maturitas

Samieri, C. , Aug. 2, 2011. Neurology

American Heart Association: "Fats and oils: AHA recommendation."

Ferrara, L. , March 27, 2000. Archives of Internal Medicine

Reviewed by Carmen Patrick Mohan on June 12, 2017

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