11 Jun Extra Virgin Olive Oil Against Cough and Colds
We are sure most of you already know the benefits that AOVE (extra virgin olive oil) has for our health, but today we are going to talk about the effects it has against cough and colds.
Though this is the time of the year in which colds spread, we tend to suffer them several times a year. That’s why we want to give you a home remedy with AOVE that will help you feel better when the annoying symptoms of the common illness appear: nasal congestion, throat irritation and cough.
The known liquid gold, pure olive’s juice, is typically a great ally against sore throat because of its lubricating properties. A simple tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil is capable of calming the most irritating cough. Besides being a natural remedy to prevent the oxidation of our cells.
It is recommended to take a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil (about 5ml, which provide only 40kcal) on an empty stomach. However, it has to be an extra virgin, giving that this oil is not altered during the elaboration process and contains a higher concentration of polyphenols, antioxidants and organic compounds, like for example the squalane, the hydroxytyrosol, the tyrosol or the oleocanthal (an anti-inflammatory similar to the ibuprofen).
In any case, if you are not capable of taking a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil directly, or if the affected by the cough is a kid, an option is to add sugar to create a paste of a nice flavour and immediate effects against your scratchy throat. If, in addition, you add lemon juice and honey to the olive oil, you’ll obtain a natural syrup that will help you get through the colds, especially if you have a dry cough that increasingly irritates your throat.
EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL WITH LEMON
Another traditional way of taking extra virgin olive oil as a natural remedy is to mix a tablespoon of olive oil and a few drops of lemon juice, which is also advisable to take in the morning on an empty stomach. This way its properties are multiplied because its nutrients are directly absorbed (which happens with every food).
This way, it brings the following benefits:
- It helps relieve mild constipation: olive oil acts as a natural laxative, especially when consumed with an empty stomach.
- It is a powerful detoxifier for the body: lemon juice, as well as olive oil act as powerful detoxifiers and cleansers of the body, especially the liver and the gallbladder.
- It reduces cholesterol: either in the case of high cholesterol or triglycerides, it is a natural option to reduce the high levels of fats in the blood.
- It relieves digestive problems: it is useful in the case of gastric acidity, stomach pain, difficult digestions or indigestions.
- It helps to lose weight: olive oil on an empty stomach has satiating effects (the oleic acid contains oleylethanolamide, a hormone that inhibits appetite). It has some properties that facilitate food processing, avoiding fat absorption and harmful sugars.
Ultimately, to consume extra virgin olive oil on an empty stomach or cooking with it (like we have seen in other articles), is always beneficial for our health. ¿Don’t you have enough reasons to adopt it in your daily diet?