Olive oil is not the only healthy option for the preparation of meals

fotolia_55084596_xs_1600x900msNatural oils contain substances beneficial to the human organism. Many of them support our immune system, strengthens the body systems and contains omega unsaturated fatty acids, which our body needs in modern times. Some of these oils are useful even for cooking and frying, others only as a great food supplement or they can be used for cosmetic use for regeneration of our skin.

OLIVE OIL

Olive oil is the oil obtained from the fruit of the olive tree = olive by pressing them, or via other mechanical procedures. This type of oil can be used in the preparation of food, in cosmetics and pharmaceutical industries. It is part of the traditional Mediterranean cuisine. Almost half of the world's olive oil production comes from the south of Europe, specifically from Spain. Olive oil is produced in Spain, especially in Andalusia. Other countries engaged in the production of olive oil are Italy, Greece, Syria, Portugal and Brazil.

Types of (not only) olive oil

Generally, the olive oil (as well as other types of oils) are divided into virgin, refined and mixtures of those two groups.

  • Virgin oils are pressed cold from whole fruit, i.e. to 50 ° C. We can subdivide them further into so-called. Extra virgin with a free acidity, obtained directly from the olive fruit, have the highest quality oils pressed from olives seedless. Virgin oil is oil obtained directly from the olive fruit. During the production are used mechanical methods. Ordinary virgin oil is olive oil with a free acidity of less than 3.3 g per 100 g inclusive.
  • Refined oils are pressed under high temperatures and pressures and the product is then chemically modified. Refined oil is olive oil obtained by refining virgin olive oil and refined oil form seed cake is oil obtained by refining crude olive oil form seed cake.
  • Mixtures can be either olive oil obtained by blending refined olive oil and virgin olive oil. Oil from olive seed cake is created by blending refined seed cake olive and virgin olive oil.

Olivový olejThe effects of olive oil on our health

Olive oil has beneficial effects on our body, not only outside, but inside as well. Olive oil is known as one of the five most beneficial materials in the world. This oil contains unsaturated fatty acids and natural antioxidants that protect cells from the damaging effects of free radicals and slow the aging process. Its other beneficial effects belongs preventive effect against cancer, it also supports the metabolism of sugars and fats, it can be also used as a effective treatment for cracked skin and scars. It is also part of slimming diets, because it lowers blood cholesterol and thus helps weight loss.

 

The ancient Romans had a five-stage scale for quality of olive oils:

Oleum ex albis ulivis pressed from green olives 
Oleum viride  pressed from olives harvested in the stage before full ripeness
Oleum maturum  pressed from ripe olives 
Oleum caducum  pressed from olives fallen on the ground
Oleum ciborium  almost dried pressed from olives, which were used to feed the slaves

 

PALM OIL

Palm oil is a form of edible vegetable oil, which is obtained from the pericarp of palm trees, not from their seeds. Palm oil from oil palm tree belongs to one of the most common vegetable oils. It contains large amounts of vitamin E and natural carotenes, which also gives the oil its specific colour. This oil withstands high temperatures, does not over cook and so even during the frying it retains its nutritive value. Its colour is golden. This colour is then transmitted to the prepared dishes.

Effects on health of palm oil

This oil has the highest content of natural vitamin E an also antioxidants, beta-carotene, coenzyme Q 10 and vitamin D and K. Among its benefits belongs its, just the above-mentioned, high thermal stability and storage up to 24 months. It has a positive effect on increasing HDL - good cholesterol, and lowers LDL - bad cholesterol in human body. Palm oil does not bind itself with negative odours, it is easily digestible and promotes healthy metabolism of the body. Its other positive effects on the human body are also envisaged that it helps reduce atherosclerosis and preventing increase of the blood pressure. Thanks to its antioxidant qualities and the presence of beta-carotene it has antioxidant effects against skin cancer and overall it is cancer-protective. It prevents the growth of tumour cells. Palm oil is a healthy, relatively inexpensive, accessible and technically suitable for use on most food products.

COCONUT OIL

Coconut oil is extracted from crushed white flesh of the coconut. Coconuts are manually collected and dried under hot sun of tropical islands. It has a specific, unmistakable scent that evokes exotic. Virgin Coconut oil is produced by cold pressing, thus retains a maximum content of valuable substances contained in the coconut nut. Its gives an exotic touch a taste and also a smell to dishes which are prepared on it.

Effects on health coconut oil

Coconut oil does not contain cholesterol, and it is also a great part of reduction diets. It is easily absorbed; it doesn't settle in the body and is burned down to glucose, which is a rapid source of energy for the body. Coconut oil combustion takes place gradually, giving the human body energy and banish hunger for up to several hours. It can also reduce cravings for sweets.

It has positive effects on health - regulates blood sugar levels and helps prevent problems with the thyroid gland. Coconut oil is suitable for direct consumption and can be use in both cold and warm kitchen for cooking, baking and frying. It gives dishes unusual flavour. It is possible to flavour with it light sweet desserts. It has in comparison with other fats a lower energy value. Coconut oil contains lauric acid, caprylic acid and myristic acids. All of these acids act as natural antibiotics. It has the ability to destroy bacteria, viruses, fungi, yeasts and other pathogenic organisms.

Coconut-Oil

Coconut oil has been used for thousands of years in traditional Chinese medicine, Indian Ayurveda and other cures worldwide. It finds its place even in today's modern medicine and home health care. It's great natural antibiotic and it helps increase the body's defensiveness, it is prevention of lifestyle diseases and diabetes, reduces chronic inflammation in the body, stimulates metabolism and promotes fat burning, it also helps weight loss. Another of its great effect, which perhaps is less known, is the fact that it helps against tooth decay. It has regenerative and protective effects in skin care. Its fragrance in addition evokes feelings of peace and relaxation. It can be used not only for skin care for face and body, but is also a great for regenerating massages.

LINSEED OIL

Flax from which is linseed oil produced has a high content of essential acids such as omega 3, omega 6 and other valuable substances. The complex of substances contained in the oil helps maintain vitality and energy, strengthens the immune system and has a positive effect on the human nervous system, cardiovascular and musculoskeletal system and supports digestion. Linseed oil has a specific, slightly nutty taste. It can be used alone or added to food. For example, you combine it with yogurt or cottage cheese. Certainly it is not possible to cook it or heat it.

Linseed oil tends to rapidly oxidize in air, so it must be kept in the refrigerator, dark environment and continuously monitor its state.

Effects on health of linseed oil

Linseed oil can be taken internally, but it is possible to take advantage of its beneficial effects for external use. In internal use, the recommended dose is one to two teaspoons of flaxseed oil daily. It is a great prevention of civilization diseases and lowers cholesterol. Its positive effects on the heart and blood vessels are also insignificant. It helps prevent atherosclerosis and heart attacks. It helps not only against constipation and gastric diseases, but also prevention of colon cancer and breast cancer. Overall, linseed oil helps strengthen immunity. It has antiviral and antifungal effect and it is anti-inflammatory. It is beneficial for many systems of the human body. It helps clean the liver and kidneys. Favourably affects blood sugar levels, promotes intestinal micro flora, and reduces menstrual pain and generally problems during menstruation. It relieves depression and other mental problems.

Linseed oil also has a regenerative effect on the skin. It softens and smoothes very dry skin. Regenerates the skin after irradiation, it is possible use it if you have problems with eczema and psoriasis. When applied to the hair helps fight dandruff. Linseed oil is also used as body massage oils, which can transmit to the skin many beneficial substances.

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HEMP OIL

Virgin hemp oil does not contains any psychoactive substance and it is pressed cold from the seeds of cannabis sativa, is darker in colour. It has a pleasant nutty flavour and acts mainly as an antibiotic, its effects are very versatile. Refined hemp oil is colourless and clear, with a slight odour and taste. Refined oil is mainly used to manufacture products for body care. As food hemp oil has been used in ancient China. In traditional folk medicine is prescribed to treat burns, eczema and other skin lesions.

The effects of hemp oil on health

Hemp oil strengthens human immunity, protects the body against inflammation, has significant anticancer effects and supports heart activity. Promotes proper bowel function and counteract constipation. External use on skin solves various skin problems, such as herpes, fungi, eczema, cracked skin, burns, and other. The oil must be stored in the dark and protected from light. This oil is not suitable for frying and cooking at high temperatures.

EVENING PRIMROSE OIL

Evening primrose oil has thanks to its high content of biologically active substances great benefit for human health. It is obtained by pressing the ripe seeds of evening primrose. Evening primrose is sometimes called female pill, for its positive effects on women's health, women's classic difficulties and birth function. Evening primrose oil is primarily used as dietary supplements because it contains substances that are in our common diets present only in negligible amounts.

Effects of evening primrose oil on health

Evening primrose oil is particularly suitable for women. It reduces menstrual pain and regulates female difficulties. It also positively affects women's sexuality and birth function. It promotes blood circulation in limbs, thereby limiting the formation of varicose veins. It improves the quality of skin, hair and nails. It reduces the risk of heart attack, stroke and angina pectoris. It is recommended for multiple sclerosis, schizophrenia and Parkinson's disease. It positively affects liver function. It is very effective against inflammation, particularly in joint disorders. Evening primrose oil is used as a dietary supplement to unflavoured yogurt, cottage cheese, salads and etc. It can't be ever heated.

OTHER TYPES OF OIL

  • Pumpkin-seed oil

As one of the oil pumpkin seed oil has higher zinc content. For men its use is popular for improving the treatment of prostate cancer and improves sexual ability. For women it helps to overcome fatigue syndrome.

  • Almond oil

Almond oil is excellent for the digestive systems of humans. It helps to heal the malfunctioning gall bladder, it helps regenerate liver cells and improves bowel disease. As massage oil it release muscle spasms and joint problems.

  • Argan oil

Argan oil is obtained by pressing seeds of Argania / Argania Spinoza /, which grows in the south-western part of Morocco. It can be divided it into food and cosmetic Argan oil. If we use it internally then it has numerous beneficial effects on the organism. For all of this it is reducing the risk of cancer, it has antioxidant effects, it protect against heart and vascular diseases, it is strengthening the nervous and lymphatic system, aiding the breakdown of fat reserves, slow down aging. For cosmetic purposes is used to smooth wrinkles, soften skin, strengthens hair and nails.


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