Fatty acids in olive oil seem to decrease cholesterol levels and have anti-inflammatory effects. Olive leaf and olive oil might lower blood pressure. Olive might also be able to kill microbes, such as bacteria and fungus.
Olive oil is commonly used in foods. As medicine, people most commonly use olive oil for heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure. It is also used for high cholesterol, cancer, memory and thinking skills, migraine, obesity, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support many of these other uses.
Uses & Effectiveness ?
Possibly Effective for
- Breast cancer. Consuming more olive oil in the diet seems to be linked with a lower risk of developing breast cancer.
- Heart disease. People who cook using olive oil seem to have a lower risk of heart disease and lower risk of first heart attack compared to those who cook with other oils. But it's unclear if higher dietary intake of olive oil helps people who already have heart disease.
- Constipation. Taking olive oil by mouth can help soften stools in people with constipation.
- Diabetes. People who eat higher amounts of olive oil in the diet seem to have a lower risk of developing diabetes. Consuming olive oil also seems to improve blood sugar control in people with diabetes.
- High blood pressure. Adding high amounts of extra virgin olive oil to the diet while taking prescription drugs for high blood pressure can improve blood pressure over 6 months in people with high blood pressure.
Possibly Ineffective for
When applied to the skin: Olive oil is likely safe. Delayed allergic reactions have been reported. When used in the mouth following dental treatment, the mouth may feel more sensitive.
Special Precautions and Warnings
Medications for high blood pressure (Antihypertensive drugs) interacts with OLIVE
Olive might lower blood pressure. Taking olive along with medications that lower blood pressure might cause blood pressure to go too low. Monitor your blood pressure closely.
Be cautious with this combination
As medicine, many different olive products have been used, including olive oil, olive leaf extracts, and olive fruit extracts. Speak with a healthcare provider to find out what type of product and dose might be best for a specific condition.
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